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  5. "She is beside herself."

"She is beside herself."

Translation:Elle est hors d'elle.

March 28, 2013



What does it mean?


The English? It's a figure of speech, meaning completely at-a-loss, dismayed, upset, confused, angry. It's a little hard to explain, but it usually means extremeness of emotion: "He was beside himself with rage"; "She was beside herself with joy." Imagine that your emotions are so strong that you have no control over your response: it's like you're just a spectator, watching yourself "from the outside."


In French, the emotion involved is essentially anger.


I'm a native English speaker (from Australia) and I've never heard anyone say this. I guess it's a British / American thing

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