Darsela a gambe” is a funny Italian idiom, have you ever heard it?

When it comes to idioms, Italians know how to surprise you: the Italian language has plenty of amazing, meaningful idioms to learn and use as much as possible to sound like a native and “darsela a gambe” is a perfect example of a lovely expression.

This idiom might seem very difficult to understand due to the verb “darsela“, which is known as a Pronominal Verb in Italian: basically a verb that includes a pronoun as part of the verb, which affects the conjugation and makes it a bit more complex. As usual it’s just a matter of practice!

We can use this idiomatic expression when someone quickly runs away instead of facing a difficult situation, so in English it corresponds to “cut and run”.

Have a look at these examples!

Italian English
Quando ho visto quel grosso cane nero me la sono data a gambe! When I saw that big black dog I cut and ran!
Laura ieri aveva un esame importante, ma appena il professore è arrivato se l’è data a gambe! Yesterday Laura had an important exam but as soon as the professor arrived she cut and run!
I miei figli hanno paura della loro nonna: ogni volta che viene a trovarci se la danno a gambe. My sons are afraid of their grandmother: every time she comes to visit us they run away!


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