staccare la spina

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Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb expression, staccare la spinawhich means to pull the plug or to unplug. It can also be used figuratively to mean to unwind (to relax). See the expression used below in its context:

Quando andiamo in vacanza, mio padre stacca le spine degli elettrodomestici a casa perché ha paura che possa scoppiare un incendio.

When we go on vacation, my father unplugs all the appliances at home because he is afraid a fire can break out.

or

Lavoro cinque o sei giornate alla settimana in libreria ma quando voglio staccare la spina un bel po’ preferisco leggere!

I work five or six days a week at the bookstore, but, when I want to unwind a bit, I prefer reading!

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