couper l'herbe sous le pied

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally: to cut the grass from under the foot.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ku.pe l‿ɛʁ.b(ə) su lə pje/

Verb[edit]

couper l'herbe sous le pied

  1. (~ à) To beat to the punch, cut the ground from under someone's feet
    J'allais le dire, mais tu m'as coupé l'herbe sous le pied.
    I was about to say it, but you beat me to it.

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