avoir une tête et des jambes

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, to have a head and some legs.

Phrase[edit]

avoir une tête et des jambes

  1. To have a combination of intelligence and athleticism.

Usage notes[edit]

This expression may be used in the negative in either of two ways:

  • avoir une tête mais pas de jambes
    Literally, to have a head but no legs; colloquially, to be intelligent, but unathletic.
  • ne pas avoir de tête mais avoir des jambes, or
  • avoir des jambes mais pas de tête
    Literally, to have legs but no head; colloquially, to be athletic but unintelligent