What’s the meaning of “Tagliare la corda”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian saying Tagliare la corda along with its pronunciation. If you are a shy person, this idiom is for you.

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Tagliare la corda

Meaning of the expression

Tagliare la corda can be literally translated as “to cut the rope”, which is the equivalent of the English term to sneak away, to leave quickly.

This saying is used to describe someone who runs away at the speed of light, especially when they have done something wrong or embarrassing.

biker sneaking away between people

It comes from tagliare, which means to cut, and corda, which means rope.

Pronunciation of Tagliare la corda in Italian

Now let’s hear how this expression is pronounced.

Tagliare la corda
To sneak away quickly
Literally: To cut the rope.

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

Where does Tagliare la corda 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”.

For example, you could 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.

police car facing left

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian saying Tagliare la corda!

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