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fuori come un balcone*

* out like a balcony

Italian Italy

Slang USED Frequently BY Teens

Used to say that someone is out of their mind. It can refer both to something said or done by that person.

"Marco ama solo gli sport estremi, è fuori come un balcone."

"Marco only loves extreme sports, he's out like a balcony."

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Sputa il rospo*

* spit the toad

Italian Italy

Idiom USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone

To urge someone to speak their mind or tell about something with no restraints; to spill the beans.

"Non hai mai espresso il tuo parere sulla loro unione. Forza, sputa il rospo."

"You have never expressed your opinion on their engagement. Come on, spit the toad."

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* violin refrain

Italian Italy

Word USED Frequently BY Some People

Flattery; adulatory compliment.

"Luca sta esagerando con i complimenti. Mi sembrano solo delle sviolinate per ottenere qualcosa."

"Luca is praising me a bit too much. His compliments are mere violin refrains to get something from me."

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Sei scemo o mangi i sassi?*

* Are you stupid or do you eat stones?

Italian Italy

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

Rhetorical question that implies someone is really stupid. After all, eating stones is not the smartest thing to do, is it?

"Sara mi ha detto che vuoi andare in Antartide da solo. Sei scemo o mangi i sassi?"

"Sara told me you want to go to the Antarctic alone. Are you stupid or do you eat stones?"

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avere le pezze al culo*

* to have patches on your ass

Italian Italy

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

To be so poor that you don't have any money to buy new clothes, so you wear your old and worn-out clothes; to be dirt poor.

"Andare in vacanza non è la mia priorità in questo momento. Ho perso il lavoro e quindi adesso ho le pezze al culo."

"Going on holiday is not my top priority right now. I have lost my job and so now I have patches on my ass."

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avere un piede nella fossa*

* to have a foot in the grave

Italian Italy

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Everyone

To kick the bucket; used to say that someone has little time left to live.

"Il mio vicino ha 85 anni, ha praticamente un piede nella fossa."

"My neighbor is 85, he basically has a foot in the grave."

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né carne né pesce*

* neither meat nor fish

Italian Italy

Idiom USED Frequently BY Everyone

Used to say that someone has no personality.

"Marco non prende mai posizione, non è né carne né pesce."

"Marco never takes sides, he is neither meat nor fish."

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fuori di melone*

* out of melon

Italian Italy

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

To be out of your mind; the melon here is used as a reference to a person's head.

"Lisa, perché vai in giro da sola di notte, sei fuori di melone?"

"Lisa, why are you walking alone at night, are you out of melon?"

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fare il passo più lungo della gamba*

* to take a step longer than your leg

Italian Italy

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

Used to say that someone should take it slow instead of doing things that are out of their league.

"Ci vuole tempo per raggiungere quell'obiettivo: non fare il passo più lungo della gamba."

"It takes time to achieve that goal - don't take a step longer than your leg."

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Italian Italy

Word USED On Occasion BY People Over 40

A turncoat, someone who changes opinion/position/ideas in order to gain some benefit.

"Quel tizio ha completamente cambiato idea pur di non perdere il posto, è proprio un voltagabbana."

"That guy completely changed his mind to avoid being fired, he's a real turncoat."


Italian Italy

Slang USED Very frequently BY People Over 20

(n.) The first meaning is a type of cheese typically produced in Southern Italy. It's also a term used to address a guy keen on flirting with any woman around him.

Note: The pun consists of "Provolone" sharing its first letters with the verb "provare", which means 'to try' but also 'to hit on someone' .

"Marco è un provolone, ci prova con tutte."

"Marco is a provolone, he flirts with every single woman."

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