What’s the meaning of “Perdere colpi”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian idiom Perdere colpi along with its pronunciation. If you sometimes fail at something you have always done brilliantly, this expression is for you!

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Perdere colpi

Meaning of the idiom

Perdere colpi can be literally translated as “to lose blows”. Its meaning is the same as the English expression to lose your edge, so it’s used to describe someone who no longer has a unique skill they once had.

Linguistically speaking, it can be broken down into…

  • perdere, to lose
  • colpi, blows, from colpo, blow
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For example, you could say…

Hai preso 7 nella verifica? Stai perdendo colpi!
You got a B on the test? You’re losing your edge!

La qualità del cibo in questo ristorante ha perso colpi.
The food quality in this restaurant lost its edge.

Pronunciation of Perdere colpi in Italian

Now let’s hear how this idiom is pronounced.

Perdere colpi.
To lose one’s edge.
Literally: To lose blows.

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

Where does Perdere colpi come from?

Colpo can also mean hit in Italian. When you hit something (let’s say a goal), it means you are successful. If for some reason your reflexes get worse due to old age, you may end up missing your target, be it a goal or a punching ball!

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And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian idiom Perdere colpi!

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