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double bass
contrabbasso
for a song
“at a very low price”
to jazz up
“to make something more lively, exciting, or interesting”
to sound like a broken record
“essere un disco rotto”
catchy
orecchiabile (tune,music)/”easily remembered”/”tricky,deceptive”
to move the goalposts
“cambiare le carte in tavola”,to change the rules and make it difficult for people to achieve something
to-snatch
strappare,portar via,ghermire
golden handshake
“buonuscita”
to kick off
incominciare,dare il via a,far partire
out of my league
“non alla mia portata,di livello superiore”
to score an own goal
“fare un autogol” (anche fig.)
to take sides
prendere parte (posizione),schierarsi
give me a tinkle
“telefonami!” (a buzz, a bell)
on the blower
“al telefono” (to be)
lust
lussuria,desiderio/brama
allegiance
fedeltà,lealtà,obbedienza,devozione
to-cherish
tenere molto a,avere caro/ricordare con affetto/avere molta cura di,curare teneramente
worship
adorazione,venerazione,culto
soft spot
“un debole” (to have a)
ill will
animosità,malevolenza
neglect
incuria,trascuratezza,negligenza/abbandono
hide
pelle di animale,pellame/nascondiglio per caccia etc.
mating
accoppiamento (“m. season”)
next of kin
“parente(i) stretto(i)” (especially in official documents)
to bail out
pagare la cauzione per (qlc.)/aiutare finanziariamente (a person,bank)
counterfeit
contraffazione (bank notes,products,tickets)
forgery
falsificazione (signature,writing,work of art)
bogus
contraffatto,falsificato,fasullo (“not real,although pretending to be real”)
mound
mucchio,cumulo,ammasso (earth,stones)/collinetta artificiale,terrapieno,monticello
heap
mucchio,pila (e.g. rubbish)
to bank up
ammassare,ammassarsi (“to make something into a pile”)
to bank on
contare su,dipendere da (sb/sth)
to laugh all the way to the bank
“fare un mucchio di soldi (con facilità)”
murky
torbido (“dark and difficult to see through”),oscuro,buio,tenebroso/fosco,losco
turbid
torbido (water,liquid; “dirty and not clear”)
to-mill
macinare (grain into flour)/fresare
to-mash
schiacciare,ridurre a poltiglia,purè
hop
luppolo/salto,saltello
barley
orzo
wheat
grano,frumento
groin
inguine
mutton
carne di montone,pecora (adulta)
cradle
culla
at the ripe old age of
“alla bella età di”
no spring chicken
“non più un ragazzino”
ringleader
capobanda (“a leader of a group of people who are doing something illegal or wrong”)
piste
pista da sci (slope)
to-uproot
sradicare,eradicare (trees,people from a native place) vs. “to root out” (crime,corruption)
to-muffle
smorzare,attenuare (a sound, e.g. by wrapping)/imbacuccare,infagottare,coprire bene
to stand out
distinguersi,risaltare,emergere (e.g. in a crowd)
to play along with
“to pretend to agree with someone or something,especially in order to get what you want or avoid an argument”
to act out
rappresentare (a story,scene)
to act up
comportarsi male,dare problemi (children),funzionare male (part of body,piece of equipment)
to play up
ingigantire (problem,difficulty)
fool's paradise
“a situation in which someone is happy because they are ignoring a problem or do not realize that it exists”
on cloud nine
“in seventh heaven” (to be), felicissimo
tickled pink
“very pleased” (inf.)
currant
ribes (red,black,white)
to grin from ear to ear
“to smile a lot because you are very happy“
impish
birichino,sbarazzino,malizioso (smile,humour)
humbug
“behaviour or talk that is not sincere,intended to trick people”