bête à manger du foin

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "(so) dumb as to eat hay". A pun on bête, which means both "dumb" and "beast".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bɛt a mɑ̃.ʒe dy fwɛ̃/
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Adjective[edit]

bête à manger du foin (plural bêtes à manger du foin)

  1. (simile) Very stupid; dumb as a rock; dumb as a doorknob.

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