British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told French president Emmanuel Macron to “prennez un grip” following his anger at the new defence pact between the UK, US and Australia.
Whilst discussing the pact with reporters in Washington, Johnson went on to explain:
“It’s three very like-minded allies standing shoulder-to-shoulder, creating a new partnership for the sharing of technology. It is not exclusive. It is not trying to shoulder anybody out.”
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Boris Johnson tells France “give me a break”
On Wednesday Boris Johnson told reporters that France needs to “prenez a grip” after Macron expressed his anger over the new defence pact between the UK, US and Australia.
This new alliance will see Australia cancel a multi-billion dollar contract to buy diesel-electric French submarines and instead acquire US nuclear-powered vessels.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters in Washington:
“I just think it’s time for some of our dearest friends around the world to, you know, ‘prenez un grip’ about all this and ‘donnez-moi un break,’ because this is fundamentally a great step forward for global security.”
What does “give me a break” mean?
The phrase “donnez-moi un break” is a mixture of French and English.
Donnez-moi means “give me” in French, and “un” means “a.”
The word break is obviously in English so if you put it all together you get “give me a break.”
Johnson also used the phrase “prennez un grip” which is another mixture of various languages.
“Prennez un” means “get a” and the word “grip” is pretty self explanatory if you speak English. Essentially, this one means “get a grip.”
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