lasciarci le penne
Parola del giorno | Word of the day
Today's Parola del Giorno is the verb expression, lasciarci le penne, which means to lose one's life or to die.
Italian has a number of verbs to express dying, however, it is important to note that this expression is meant to be used in a humorous way, like in the example below. You shouldn’t use this expression when talking about something serious.
See the expression used below in its context:
I miei amici vanno a fare lo skydiving e mi hanno invitato. Stanno fuori? Non voglio lasciarci le penne: preferisco rimanere sulla terra!
My friends are going skydiving and invited me. Are they crazy? I don't want to lose my life: I prefer to stay on the ground.