far sgocciolare i piatti

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the expression far sgocciolare i piatti, which means to let the dishes (drip) dry. Literally, the expression means to let the dishes drip. 

Many Italians still wash their dishes by hand and dry them, and it can be rare to find dishwashers in many Italian homes, especially if they are older.

See the expression used below:

Quando abitavo in Italia, mi mancava non avere la lavastoviglie; ogni sera dopo cena dovevo lavare i piatti e farli sgocciolare su uno scolapiatti.

When I used to live in Italy, I missed not having a dishwasher; every night after dinner I had to wash the dishes and let them dry on the dish rack.