vivere da pascià

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the expression, vivere da pascià, which means to live like a king.  See the expression used below in its context:

Mamma mia, hai visto la nuova macchina di Giulio? Vive da pascià! Come ha comprato quella Mercedes?

Wow, did you see Giulio’s new car? He lives like a king! How did he buy that Mercedes?

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