French Expressions with Champ

Idiomatic French expressions

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Un champ de manoeuvre translates to "parade ground". Fr?d?ric SOREAU/Photononstop/Getty Images

The French word un champ literally means "field" and is also used in many idiomatic expressions. Learn how to say sphere of activity, battlefield, having room to move, and more with this list of expressions with champ.

Possible Meanings of Un Champ

  • field (all senses)
  • area, domain
  • shot, frame (filming)
  • champagne (apocope)

Expressions with Un Champ

un champ clos
combat area

un champ d'action
sphere of activity

un champ d'activité
sphere of activity

un champ d'aviation
airfield

un champ d'avoine
field of oats

un champ de bataille
battlefield

un champ de blé
field of corn/wheat

un champ de courses
racecourse

un champ de foire
fairground

un champ de manoeuvre
parade ground

un champ de mines
minefield

un champ de neige
snowfield

un champ de tir
shooting range, field of fire

un champ de trèfle
field of clover

un champ de vision
visual field

un champ d'honneur
field of honor

un champ électrique
electric field

un champ magnétique
magnetic field

un champ opératoire
operative field

un champ optique
optical field

un champ ouvert
open field

un champ visuel
visual field

les champs
country(side)

les Champs Élysées
Elysian Fields (mythology), street in Paris

à tout bout de champ
all the time, at every opportunity

dans le champ
in the shot/picture (filming)

en champ clos
behind closed doors

en robe des champs
unpeeled (potatoes)

une fleur des champs
wild flower

hors champ
off-camera

la profondeur de champs
depth of field

sur-le-champ
immediately, right away

la vie aux champs
country life

avoir du champ
to have room to move

avoir le champ libre
to be free to do as one pleases

Le champ est libre.


The coast is clear.

élargir le champ
to broaden the scope

laisser du champ à quelqu'un
to leave someone room to move

laisser le champ libre à quelqu'un
to leave someone a clear field

mourir au champ d'honneur
to be killed in action

passer à travers champs
to go through/across fields/country

prendre du champs
to step/stand back

prendre la clé des champs
to run away

se retrouver en plein(s) champ(s)
to find oneself in the middle of a field

sonner aux champs
to sound the general salute (military)

sortir du champ
to go out of shot (filming)

tomber au champ d'honneur
to be killed in action

travailler aux champs
to work in the fields

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