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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cdrini

Ça douille sévère

Does anyone know the meaning of the phrase "ça douille sévère"? I first encountered it translating the last sentence of "Très chère bête électrique" ( http://duolingo.com/#/translation/e797e2568658e1ebc8d16640084dc9ac ). After numerous Google queries, I have come to the conclusion that it is quite a popular expression, and that it is somehow related to something being really expensive, but I cannot seem to find an English translation that makes any sense. Can someone shed some light on this?

August 18, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anomalocaris

I've never heard this phrase before, but here's the Larousse definition of "douiller" with some examples for "ça douille": http://www.larousse.com/en/dictionaries/french-english/douiller Idiomatic expressions like this don't really have exact translations, so just do your best?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mizotte

Another related sense of "douiller" is to be very painful. "...L'épilation ? Je douille." http://www.viedemerde.fr/


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1km

Verb "douiller" means "payer cher". My dictionary gives the following translations for "ça douille": "it's damn expensive" or "it's damn pricy".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1km

@Mizotte - or is she just "paying a high price" for allowing her b/f to carry out his "fantasy"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lpacker

According to Wiktionary, it's Argot for "to pay", or it could mean "to have trouble" and probably comes from "douloir" - to wail or grieve.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cdrini

I should've known that an idiom would be behind all this! I guess there's no direct translation, but thanks for the help! They're way better than my previous translation: "this severe socket"!


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