In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian idiom Scendere dal piedistallo along with its pronunciation. If you are somewhat arrogant, this expression is for you!
Let’s get started! Iniziamo!
Scendere dal piedistallo
Meaning of the idiom
Scendere dal piedistallo can be literally translated as “to get off the pedestal”. Its meaning is the same as the English expression to get off your high horse, so it’s used to describe someone who feels superior to anyone else.
Linguistically speaking, this idiom can be broken down into…
- scendere (to get off)
- dal (from the)
- piedistallo (pedestal)
For example, you could say…
Ilenia dovrebbe scendere dal piedistallo.
Ilenia should get off her high horse.
Lucrezia si crede una principessa. Qualcuno dovrebbe farla scendere dal piedistallo.
Lucrezia thinks of herself as a princess. Someone should get her off her high horse.
Pronunciation of Scendere dal piedistallo in Italian
Now let’s hear how this idiom is pronounced.
Scendere dal piedistallo.
To get off your high horse.
Literally: To get off the pedestal.
If you need help with Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.
Where does Scendere dal piedistallo come from?
When you’re on a pedestal, you’re looking at everyone from the top down. You’re standing in a crowd, you’re highly visible…as you think you deserve to be.
When you get off the pedestal, you’re back into the crowd. You are no longer in a higher position, but you are just like everybody else. You are humbled.
And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian idiom Scendere dal piedistallo!
Title: Italian All-in-One For Dummies
Language: English / Italian
Publisher: For Dummies
Learn to speak Italian like a native? Easy.
Italian All-in-One For Dummies appeals to those readers looking for a comprehensive, all-encompassing guide to mastering the Italian language. It contains content from all For Dummies Italian language instruction titles, including Italian For Dummies, Intermediate Italian For Dummies, Italian Verbs For Dummies, Italian Phrases For Dummies, Italian Grammar For Dummies, and Italian For Dummies Audio Set.
Aiuta Lingookies con un 👍!
❤️ If you liked this lesson, consider sharing it with your social media friends who are also studying Italian.