Get the vocab: bol
Meaning ‘bowl’, bol can also mean ‘lucky’. In the familiar sense, avoir du bol means ‘to be lucky’ and a coup de bol means ‘a stroke of good luck’ (not to be confused with a coupe au bol, which means ‘a pudding basin haircut’). If you hear someone say J’en ai ras-le-bol (de qch), it means they are really fed up with something.
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