What’s the meaning of “Fare carte false”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian idiom Fare carte false along with its pronunciation. If you are willing to do anything for your goals, this expression is for you!

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Fare carte false

Meaning of the idiom

Fare carte false can be literally translated as “to make fake papers”. Its meaning is the same as the English expression to sell your mother: when you are willing to go to any length to achieve your goal.

Linguistically speaking, it can be broken down into…

  • fare, to do/make
  • carte, papers
  • false, fake
drawing of a woman scammed online

For example, you could say…

Farei carte false per avere il suo lavoro.
I would do anything to get his job.

Qualsiasi persona farebbe carte false per avere una casa così grande.
Any person would sell their mother to have such a large house.

Pronunciation of Fare carte false in Italian

Now let’s hear how this idiom is pronounced.

Fare carte false.
To sell your mother, to do anything.
Literally: To make fake papers.

If you need help with Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.

Where does Fare carte false come from?

Forging documents is a crimine, crime. If you are willing to forge some official document, such as your degree or ID, to reach a certain goal, you are literally making “fake papers”.

policeman escorting a criminal

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian idiom Fare carte false!

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