o la va o la spacca

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Today’s Parola del Giorno is the expression, o la va o la spacca, which means Sink or swim or It’s all or nothing. We usually use this expression when we are in a situation where we have received little help, and we will succeed (or fail) by our own efforts (or lack thereof…).  See the expression used below in its context:

Dovevo studiare di più per questo esame ma ormai è troppo tardi. L’esame è domani e mi presento lo stesso: o la va o la spacca!

I should study more for this exam, but now it is too late. The exam is tomorrow, and I will show up anyway: it’s all or nothing!

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