Languages › French Mon œil French Expression Explained Share Flipboard Email Print David Harrigan/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated March 10, 2019 The familiar French expression mon œil! (pronounced [mo(n) neuy]) is used to express either incredulous/ironic disbelief, like the English expressions "my foot!" or "yeah, right!", or an almost indignant refusal, as in "no way!" or "ain't gonna happen!" It literally translates to "my eye!" In high school French class, you might only learn the first meaning (along with the accompanying gesture), but the second makes sense too—there's a certain logic in using the same expression for disbelief that something has happened as for a refusal to make something happen. Example Il m'a dit de me réveiller à 5h00 pour commencer le projet et j'ai dit « mon œil ! »He told me to wake up at 5 am to start the project and I said, "yeah, right!" Related expression: Pas plus que (dans) mon œil - "Not at all, not in the slightest"