Là, tu exagères!
lah, tew egg-zaa-ZHAIR! Click below to hear this.*
You’re going too far!
Literally, You’re exaggerating there! Use it on people who like bigger-than-life numbers. Use it on people who magnify the details of a story. But more than that, use it on people who misbehave!
Certain kinds of misbehavior are targeted, to be sure. This is for the people who do the wrong thing once too often, or too blatantly, or too…whatever. The guy in the office who keeps making personal phone calls on company time and phones. The gal who always smokes two inches from the no-smoking area. The daughter who stays out after curfew once too often. The brother who repeatedly provokes his sister.
I’m sure you have a few pet peeves in this category. When you call them on their behavior, tell them Là, tu exagères!. You will be indicating that their misdeeds have been noticed, that you may not be able to cover for them much longer, that they are pushing their luck. They are going to get in trouble one of these days soon, and it won’t be your fault.
*Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, won’t display the audio player. If no player appears, here’s an alternative link to the audio file: