La Vache ! - French Expression Explained

Oh la vache !
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Expression: La vache !

Pronunciation: [la vahsh]

Meaning: holy cow! wow! damn!

Literal translation: the cow

Register: familiar


The familiar French exclamation la vache ! is a mild oath, used to express any moderate-to-medium reaction such as surprise, indignation, or admiration.


   La vache, tu arrives tôt !
   Holy cow, you're early!

   La vache ! Qu'est-ce que tu as fait ?
   Damnit, what have you done!?

   La vache, j'ai trouvé 100 euros !
   Wow, I found 100 euros!

Variations: oh la vache !   ah la vache !

Somewhat synonymous

  • Negative reaction: oh là là !   sacrebleu
  • Positive reaction: chouette !   génial !
  • Neutral reaction: ah bon
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