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Is there a French phrase for.....

"I know the ropes"?

 


Sovereignty: the right to eat cholorinated chicken.
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Re: Is there a French phrase for.....

In some situations you can use connaître les ficelles or connaître toutes les ficelles.
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OK.  It's just something I discussed with the dentist this afternoon and he asked his assistante and she thought "train-train" but then she doesn't speak English!Smile [:)]
Sovereignty: the right to eat cholorinated chicken.
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Re: Is there a French phrase for.....

connaître son affaire is appropiate


Oh, how fine it is to know a thing or two.

Moliere

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Thanks, BAF.  I can see that that would more or less do it but I did just wonder if there was some sort of idiomatic expression I could useSmile [:)]
Sovereignty: the right to eat cholorinated chicken.
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Re: Is there a French phrase for.....

Chancer is right about "connaitre les ficelles" - almost litteral translation from English!

Definitely NOT "train-train" though, which is more to do with "routine".


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It means "Je connais toutes les ficelles" but it is mainly used for work or Art. You can add "Je connais toutes les ficelles du métier" when you talk about your job !
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Many thanks to everyone who has replied.  Strange how sometimes you worry at something like a dog a bone and the reality is that it's perfectly obvious!Smile [:)]
Sovereignty: the right to eat cholorinated chicken.
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