Languages › French Colorful French Idiomatic Expressions With 'Dire' Are you a yes-man? French has playful idioms like this one with the verb 'dire.' Share Flipboard Email Print Matteo Colombo / Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated September 29, 2017 The French verb dire means "to say" or "to tell" and is used in many idiomatic expressions. Learn how to tell someone off, talk nonsense, be a yes-man and more using this list of expressions with dire. Dire is a widely used irregular verb, which means it follows the beat of its own drum regarding conjugations. This is one of those verbs whose forms you simply have to memorize. Formulas don't apply. Common French Expressions With 'Dire' dire à quelqu'un ses quatre véritésto give someone a piece of one's minddire à quelqu'un son fait, dire son fait à quelqu'unto tell someone offdire ce qu'on a sur le cœurto get something off one's chestdire des sottises / bêtisesto talk nonsensedire queto say; to think thatdire toujours amento be a yes-manà ce qu'il ditaccording to himà qui le dis-tu ?you're telling me!à vrai direto tell you the truthAussitôt dit, aussitôt faitNo sooner said than doneautrement ditin other wordsÇa ne me dit pas grand-chose.I don't think much of that.Ça ne me dit rien.That does nothing for me; I don't feel like doing that.That means nothing to me; I don't remember that.Ça me dit quelque chose.That rings a bell.Ça te dit ?Do you feel like doing that? Does that sound good to you?Ceci/Cela ditThat said; Having said thatCela va sans dire.It goes without saying.c'est-à-direthat is; i.e.; I meanC'est beaucoup dire.That's saying a lot.C'est moi qui te le dis.Take my word for it.C'est peu dire.That's an understatement.<br/>C'est plus facile à dire qu'à faire.Easier said than done.C'est toi qui le dis.That's what you say.Comment dirais-je ?How shall I put it? What can I say?comme on ditso to speak; as they sayDis donc / Dites doncWow; hey; listenentendre dire queto hear (it said) thatEst-ce à dire que...?Does this mean that...?Il n'y a pas à direThere's no doubt about it.Je ne dis pas non.I won't say no.Je ne te le fais pas dire !I'm not putting words in your mouth!I didn't make you say it!Je te l'avais dit.I told you so.Mon petit doigt m'a ditA little birdie told mene pas se le faire dire deux foisnot to have to be told twiceon dirait que...you'd think that...ou pour mieux direto put it another way; in other wordspour ainsi direso to speakpour tout direin factQue dites-vous ?I beg your pardon? What did you say?Tu as beau dire, je ne te crois pas.It doesn't matter what you say, I don't believe youvouloir direto meanse direto say to oneself; to think; to claim to be; to be saidCela ne se dit pas. (passive reflexive)That (just) isn't said.<br/>Cela te dit de (sortir, manger)?How does (going out, eating) grab you? What do you think of (going out, eating)?On se dirait en France.You'd think you were in France.