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Italian Idiomatic Expressions

lascia correre/pedere/stare

forget it

lasciami stare

leave me alone

ma va

I don't believe you, it is impossible

manco per sogno

in your dream (m)

meglio cosi

it is better this way

meglio di nulla

better than nothing at all

meno male


mi fa specie di te

I can't believe you did this

modestia a parte

in all modesty

molto meglio

much better

nemmeno per sogno

in your dream (n)

non c'é altro

that's all

non fare il prezioso

don't play hard to get (il)

non farti pregare

don't play hard to get (ti)

non ne posso piu

I can't stand it any more


suit yourself

parole d'oro

amen, you said it

per carità

good heavens, not at all

per farla breve

to cut it short

porca miseria

damn nit

roba da matti

hard to believe, that's crazy

sei sicuro

are you sure



siamo alle solite

there we go again

sul serio


tanto di guadagnato

so much the better (g)

tanto meglio

so much the better

tanto peggio

so much the worse

tiene presente

bear in mind


on the contrary

vale la penna

it's worth it

a tutti i costi

at any cost no matter what

affare fatta

it's a deal

alla buon'ora

it'a about time

altro che

of course, you can bet your life


that's really good ( ironic)

bella roba

very nice (ironic)

buon per te

lucky for you

c'é modo e modo

there are ways and ways

caschi il mondo

no matter what

che barba

how boring (b)

che macello

what a mess

che mattone

how boring (m)

che noia

how boring (n)

che roba

I can't believe it

che schifo

how disgusting

che ti passa per la testa

what's the matter with you

ci mancherebbe altro

god forbid

ci vuole altro

it takes much more than that

come non detto

as you were

con rispetto parlando

with all due respect

cose dell'altro mondo

it is out of this workl

d'altro canto

on the other hand

da morire

a lot



dioce la manda buona

let's hope for the best

é una parola

easy to say

faccio presente che

bear in mind

fatti gli affari tuoi

mind your business

fra l'altro

among other things`

gatta ci cova

I smell a rat

in ogni modo


ad ogni costo

at any cost

in parole povere

in a few words

checché tu dica

whatever you say

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