avoir le cafard

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

This term originated from the French colonies that became Algeria and Morocco, where members of the French Foreign Legion suffered extreme boredom in their stockades and took to shooting cockroaches (les cafards) with their rifles. Le cafard came to mean an extreme depression or sense of pointlessness.

Verb[edit]

avoir le cafard

  1. (idiomatic) to have the blues

Conjugation[edit]