Cogliere la palla al balzo

Cogliere la palla al balzo in Italian

Cogliere la palla al balzo
To strike while hot

Literal translationTo catch the ball while it’s bouncing
MeaningTo take advantage of an opportunity quickly
IPA pronunciation/ˈkɔʎʎere la ˈpalla al ˈbalzo/

Where does this come from? Soccer players (i calciatori) with quick reflexes catch the ball before the other team does. In essence, they seize every opportunity to win the game and catch the ball “while it’s still bouncing”.

a soccer ball

For example, you can say…

Chi coglie la palla al balzo sfrutta qualsiasi opportunità che si trova davanti.
Those who “catch the ball while it’s bouncing” take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way.

Cogli la palla al balzo e approfitta del brutto tempo per studiare!
“Catch the ball while it’s bouncing” and use the bad weather for learning!


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