se croire sorti de la cuisse de jupiter

channyjones

New Member
English
I'm looking for the english translation of 'se croire sortir de la cuisse de jupiter' as an idiom rather than the direct translation as it doesn't make any sense.

Thanks :)
 
  • wildan1

    Moderando ma non troppo (French-English, CC Mod)
    English - USA
    Welcome to the WR Forums, channyjones!

    How about giving us a full sentence and context for your question? That way we can help you better.
     

    djmc

    Senior Member
    English - United Kingdom
    I don't think yhat it is any more idiomatic in French than it is is in English. It is a reference to the Greek myth according to which Dionysus or Bacchus the god of wine was born From the thigh of Jupiter. His mother Semele had insisted that Jupiter should show himself in his full glory. She was burned to death but the foetus was sewn into Jupiter's thigh until it was time for him to be born.
     

    S.M.

    Senior Member
    French. France.
    The god Dyonisos was said to be born out of Jove's leg. Se croire sorti de la cuisse de Jupiter means to believe that you are someone much more important than the others, like the son of the greatest of gods. It's a set expression in French, and very derogatory toward the one who belives this about himself.
     

    channyjones

    New Member
    English
    I just have a sheet of french idioms that I have to translate from french into english for one of my classes so i literally just have the phrase 'se croire sortir de la cuisse de jupiter' and thats it I'm afraid :/ haven't been able to find a sensible translation anywhere though unfortunately
     

    DearPrudence

    Dépêche Mod (AL mod)
    IdF
    French (lower Normandy)
    Hi and welcome to the forums, channyjones :)

    And didn't the dictionary help
    think you are God's gift (to sb)
    ? ;)

    A possible French definition here:
    Se prendre pour quelqu'un de remarquable, d'exceptionnel.
    Être imbu de soi-même.
     

    OLN

    Senior Member
    French - France, ♀
    If the answers are not sufficient, you may have to come up with your own translation.

    note : If you search further on line, you have to type "se croire sorti (past part.) de la cuisse de Jupiter". (literally, to think one has come out of Jupiter’s thigh)
     
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