il fuoco di paglia

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the expression il fuoco di paglia, which can mean a flash in the pan. It is usually used to describe something that doesn’t last long and has little chance of being repeated, such as straw on fire (which is what the expression literally means).

See the expression used below in its context:

L’amore tra Carolina e Umberto è stato un fuoco di paglia, dopo due mesi che si frequentavano, si sono lasciati.

The love between Carolina and Umberto has been a flash in the pan that after two months of seeing each other, they broke up.

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