il botto (di + qualcosa)

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Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun, il botto (di + qualcosa), which means a ton of + something, but it is a very colloquial expression and should only be used in situations where you are familiar with the people who you are speaking to! It is often translated as a hell of a lot + something or a sh*tload of + something. See the usage below:

Volevo andare al concerto a San Giovanno, ma ho cambiato idea quando ho visto le foto sul telegiornale!  C’era un botto di turisti e di altre persone. Troppa confusione per me!

I wanted to go to the concert at San Giovanni, but I changed my mind when I saw the pictures on the news! There was a hell of a lot of tourists and other people.  Too much chaos for me!

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