long fleuve tranquille

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  • IPA(key): /lɔ̃ flœv tʁɑ̃.kil/


long fleuve tranquille m (uncountable)

  1. (figuratively) bed of roses, smooth sailing
    La vie n’est pas un long fleuve tranquille.Life is not all beer and skittles.
    • 2018 March 12, Gilles Lareau, “G.R. c. K.E., 2018 QCCQ 3506”, in CanLII[1], retrieved 9 May 2023:
      K.E. et G.R. sont ex-conjoints. Ils ont été mariés de 1984 à 2004 et ont eu deux enfants. Leur vie de couple n’a pas été un long fleuve tranquille.
      K.E. and G.R. are ex-spouses. They were married from 1984 to 2004 and had two children. Their life as a couple was not smooth sailing.

Usage notes[edit]

Chiefly used in negative sentences.