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    13 Weird Italian Expressions Translated Literally Into English

    "A wise man never boards a ship without biscuits." - So true.

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    In Italian: O mangiar questa minestra o saltar questa finestra.

    What it means: Take it or leave it.

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    In Italian: Sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata.

    What it means: Rain on your wedding day brings good luck.

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    In Italian: Dove entra il vino, scappa la vergogna.

    What it means: Wine lowers inhibitions.

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    In Italian: Sputa il rospo.

    What it means: To speak up.

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    In Italian: Il savio non s'imbarca senza biscotto.

    What it means: Be prepared.

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    In Italian: Tra l’incudine e il martello.

    What it means: Between a rock and a hard place.

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    In Italian: Non dire "gatto" se non ce l'hai nel sacco.

    What it means: Be honest about your abilities.

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    In Italian: Chi è asino e cervo si crede, al saltar della fossa se n'avvede.

    What it means: Pride comes before a fall.

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    In Italian: Non avere peli sulla lingua.

    What it means: To speak plainly; not mince words.

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    In Italian: Beccato con le mani in pasta.

    What it means: To be caught red-handed.

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    In Italian: Chi dorme non piglia pesci.

    What it means: The early bird catches the worm.

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    In Italian: Gettare la spugna.

    What it means: To give up.

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    In Italian: Togliersi il dente.

    What it means: To get something over with.

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