copains comme cochons

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Literally, "friends like pigs". The expression cochon in this expression is possibly not linked to the actual animal, as it is the basis of many negative expressions in French, and not normally considered a social animal. It has been proposed that older words like soçon (friend) (or a variation such as the 19th century Parisian chochon) or cosson (merchant) might have been altered into a more common word when they fell out of use.


copains comme cochons (plural only)

  1. (simile) very close friends; thick as thieves