In an episode of Friends, the subtitle read: "France going arms". What does this mean please?

I couldn't find this phrase in the dictionary or on the Internet.

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    What language was the film in? What was the spoken dialogue? This is likely to be too localised; in any case there is not enough information to know what was intended. "France going arms" is ungrammatical nonsense [as you found!]
    – Andrew Leach
    Sep 20 '13 at 11:56
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    The dialog was between a man and a woman and the exact quote was "Get your franc going arms away from me" and I saw that on the famous serial film named "Friends" as it can helpful. Sep 20 '13 at 12:08

It means - you are going to France, and you take your arms with you, so do not touch me because you have chosen to leave us for a job in Paris

Or as he says: My hugs are reserved for people STAYING IN AMERICA.


Rachel: I got a really incredible job offer.

Joey: Hey, great! All right!

Phoebe: Good for you!

Rachel: It's in Paris.

Joey: What? No, no, no! No, no... no... no, no... No, too much is changing, okay? First, Phoebe getting married (to Phoebe) Congratulations! (pointing to Monica and Chandler)... and then these two move into a stupid house in the stupid suburbs...


Phoebe: Of course we can. Congratulations. (they hug, but Joey shakes his head.) Yay! (she gestures Joey to come and join in) Joey...

Joey: No, no, no. My hugs are reserved for people STAYING IN AMERICA.

Rachel: (walking towards Joey) Joey, it would mean so...

Joey: Hey! No! Get your France-going arms away from me. (He walks out, and Rachel follows him)

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    I believe the second hyphen is wrong; France-going is a (newly coined, and unlikely to be much needed) adjective. Sep 20 '13 at 12:49
  • You are correct on both counts. I just pasted from a dialogue. Will correct
    – mplungjan
    Sep 20 '13 at 13:18
  • @ mplungjan oh,man whata great answer thnaks Sep 20 '13 at 14:22

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