5 ways to use the French word ‘citron’

PUBLISHED: 09:20 12 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:47 15 October 2015

Citron © Rita Strik

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The French word ‘un citron’ means ‘a lemon’ but did you know it can also be used as an informal word for ‘head’? Here are 5 ways to use the French word for ‘lemon’

un citron (nm) = (informal) a head

un citron vert (nm) = a lime

un citron pressé (nm) = freshly pressed sweetened lemon juice, served chilled in cafés

ne rien avoir dans le citron = to have nothing in one’s head

se presser le citron = to rack one’s brain

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