à cheval

soleil-sol

Senior Member
english-american
Does à cheval mean strict as in, My father is strict. Mon pere est à cheval.
Is it a common expression?
Merci par avance.
 
  • Nicosmos

    New Member
    Français
    It’s a common expression, but you can’t really use it alone.
    You need to add about what he is strict.

    Mon père est à cheval sur {quelque-chose}.
    My father is strict about {something}.
    Mon père est à cheval là-dessus.
    My father is strict about it.
    Otherwise, it simply sounds as if he’s actually riding a horse. :)
     

    Omelette

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Another thread also suggests for 'à cheval sur....' 'a stickler for...' which is another way of expressing the same idea.
    (and very amusing, Nicosmos :) )
     

    LART01

    Senior Member
    French-France
    Hi
    I agree with all of that
    You would hear a lot :
    mon père/ma mère est très à cheval sur ces choses/sur ce genre de choses/à ce sujet/la-dessus
     
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