Tagliare la corda

Tagliare la corda in Italian

Tagliare la corda
To sneak away quickly

Literal translationTo cut the rope
MeaningTo leave quickly or to run away
IPA pronunciation/ˈmɛtteːre ˈnɛːro su ˈbjaŋko/

Where does this come from? Ships are tied to the dock with ropes. When you cut the rope, you’ll sail away. This is why the act of cutting a rope is used in Italian to mean “to run away”.

biker sneaking away between people

For example, you can say…

Non appena ha rotto il vaso, Marco ha tagliato la corda.
As soon as he broke the pot, Marco snuck away.

Abbiamo tagliato la corda prima che arrivasse la polizia.
We ran away before the police arrived.

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