In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian idiom Fare dietrofront along with its pronunciation. If you often change your mind, this expression is for you!
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Meaning of the idiom
Fare dietrofront can be literally translated as “to make a U-turn”. Its meaning is the same as the English expressions to do an about-face and to turn around: when you completely change your direction or course, either physically or metaphorically.
Linguistically speaking, it can be broken down into…
- fare, to do/make
- dietrofront, U-turn, about-face
For example, you could say…
Il manager ha fatto dietrofront sulla decisione.
The manager did an about-face regarding his decision.
L’uomo fa dietrofront ed esce dal negozio.
The man turns around and goes out of the store.
Pronunciation of Fare dietrofront in Italian
Now let’s hear how this idiom is pronounced.
To do an about-face, to turn around.
Literally: To make a U-turn.
If you need help with Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.
Where does Fare dietrofront come from?
A U-turn is a sudden movement. When you suddenly change the course of action, it’s like changing direction by turning around. This is why the saying is also used metaphorically.
And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian idiom Fare dietrofront!
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