To fill somebody in

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by CSelma, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. CSelma Member

    Can someone explain to me (I'm French) the meaning of this sentence: To fill sb in. Thank you
  2. RocketGirl

    RocketGirl Senior Member

    Canada, English
    You want us to "fill you in" on the definition of "to fill somebody in", CSelma ? :) Oh, the irony !

    To 'fill someone in' means to inform someone about something.

    "I need you to fill me in on what happened while I was out this morning" (or "tell me what I missed")

    "Can someone please fill me in on the definition of 'fill me in'" ;)
  3. Sadhiq

    Sadhiq Member

    French / Belgium
    l'informer de ;)
  4. Katemonster

    Katemonster Senior Member

    It does indeed normally mean to give (background) information
    But also has a slang meaning in British English of to hit someone or to beat them up
  5. RocketGirl

    RocketGirl Senior Member

    Canada, English
    Thanks for filling us in :) Never heard that meaning before.
  6. Uncle Max. Member

    To fill in someone = to inform someone.
    Example: A murder has taken place at the manor.
    A random individual would like to know something more about this interesing crime, and asks the authorities: "Could you please fill me in?


    Uncle Max.
  7. Kelly B

    Kelly B Senior Member

    USA English
    Renseigner is the first suggestion that comes to mind, though I'm not a native French speaker.
  8. Itisi

    Itisi Senior Member

    Paris/Hastings UK
    English UK/French
    Mettre au courant

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