Interesting and funny expressions in Italian

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Avere la Botte Piena e la Moglie Ubriaca : To have the wine cask full and the wife drunk – to have your cake and eat it, too.

Avere le mani d’oro : to be gifted in doing things

Attaccare il Cappello : To hang up one’s hat – used of a man who marries a wealthy woman, and (presumably) doesn’t have to work anymore.

A piede libero : out of jail

Alzare il gomito : to drink too much

Andarci coi piedi di piombo : to be cautious

Attaccalo al chiodo : Hang it to the nail ( forget about it )

Avere le mani in pasta :to have power to influence someone else’s decisions, to be powerful

Avere le mani legate : to have one’s hands tied

Avere un piede nella fossa : to be almost dead

Buona Notte al Secchio : Literally, good night to the bucket, it’s used to mean … and then we’re screwed.Why there should be a bucket involved I do not know.

Buono Come il Pane : As good as bread, very good hearted.

Caduto dalle Nuvole : Fallen from the clouds – Completely surprised, or pretending to be.

Siamo incasinati : We’re in a mess (or we’re very busy”).

Cadere in piedi : to land on one’s feet, to come out of a situation without damage

Cogliere qualcuno con le mani nel sacco : to catch someone red handed

Dare manforte : to come to the rescue

Dare una mano a qualcuno : to help someone

Darsela a gambe : to run away

Essere alla mano : to be easy going

Dalle Stelle alle Stalle : From riches to rugs

Dente Avvelenato – Ho il dente avvelenato : I am quite upset

Essere in gamba : to be fit (usually referred to someone of a certain age or that has just been ill)

Fare man bassa : to ransack

Fuori di Testa : Out of your mind

Gallina Vecchia fa Buon Brodo : old chicken makes good soup – age does not matter

Fuori dai piedi! : clear out!

Il bue dice cornuto all’asino : The ox calls horned the donkey

Il Sangue Al Cervello – the blood on the brain (to describe that anger increases)

In Bocca al Lupo : Into the wolf’s mouth : good luck ( it works like Break a leg in English ) The proper response is Crepi il lupo (May the wolf die)

Leccapiedi : brownnose

Legarsela al dito : to tie it to the finger – to remember a wrong bitterly

Man mano che : as/while

Metter le mani avanti (prima di cadere) : to take action to prevent later damage

Mettere il dito sulla piaga : to touch where it hurts

Mettersi le mani nei capelli : to be desperate, helpless

Metterci la ciliegina sopra : To place the cherry on top – To finish up something

Metti il sale sulla coda – Put salt on his tail / Try to catch it !

Mi piace un casino : I like it a lot.

Mordersi le mani : to regret something

Nella Botte Piccola C’è Vino Buono : Into a small cask there is good wine: A friendly compliment to a short person.

Non fare il passo piu’ lungo della gamba : Don’t make your step longer than your leg (or, don’t bite off more than you can chew)

Olio di gomito : oil from the elbow / Physical labor : Usare olio di gomito : Faticare

Ogni morto di papa : Every Death of a Pope : once in a blue moon.

Peli Sulla Lingua : non ho peli sulla lingua : I have no hair on my tongue – I speak frankly

Peli Sullo stomaco: ( Avere peli sullo stomaco ) : don’t mind anything

Prendere qualcosa sottogamba : not to take it seriously

Piove sul Bagnato: It rains on what’s already wet : When it rains it pours !

Qualcosa bolle in pentola : Something is boiling in the pot (You are up to something)

Ragionare coi piedi : to be illogical

Sentirsi prudere le mani : to feel like hitting someone

Star con le mani in mano : to be idle, to be sitting on the fence

Su due piedi : on the spot

Ti scureggia il cervello ( A fun Roman expression that meand : Your brain is farting ! / you are saying something very stupid ! )

Tirarsi su le maniche : Pull up the sleeves : Getting ready to work

Venire alle mani : to fight


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