French expression of the day of the day: Crever de chaud

Tomorrow will be steaming hot in France, so it could prove a good occasion to complain about something other than the coronavirus pandemic. Here's an expression to help you along.

Why do I need to know crever de chaud?

Because Thursday is supposed to be the warmest day so far this year, so it could come in handy.

What does it mean?

Crever de chaud means 'dying of heat'.

Not literally, of course, but if you feel like your skin is so hot that your blood might start boiling, this is a great way to express it. English equivalents would be 'I'm boiling' or 'I'm roasting'.

Je crève de chaud – I'm so hot I'm dying

Ca te dit qu'on se mette à l'ombre ? Je crève de chaud. – Do you mind if we move into the shade? I am boiling.

Faut boire de l'eau, sinon on va crever de chaud. – We have to drink water, otherwise we'll roast.

Crever is a colloquial French way of saying 'dying', and is usually used to express a strong feeling about something rather than actual death. 

A tyre can be crevé – flat.

Je suis crevé simply means 'I'm toast/exhausted'. (In this case you can also use mort – dead – which doesn't really work when you are talking about heat).


The French have a reputation both abroad and inside the country as being exceptionally good râleurs – complainers – and there are lots of ways to complain about the heat.

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