1. soleil-sol Senior Member

    Does à cheval mean strict as in, My father is strict. Mon pere est à cheval.
    Is it a common expression?
    Merci par avance.
  2. Nicosmos New Member

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

    Otherwise, it simply sounds as if he’s actually riding a horse. :)
  3. Micia93

    Micia93 Senior Member

    in the center of France
    if you mean that your father is strict on everything, we'd say : "mon père est à cheval sur les principes" :)
  4. Omelette

    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 :) )
  5. LART01

    LART01 Senior Member

    La Haye Pays-Bas
    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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