la tangente

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Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun, la tangente, which means bribe. You can see the noun used below in its context:

Dalle ultime inchieste, il Procuratore ha accertato che il consigliere comunale ha ricevuto tangenti prima di affidare l’incarico per la costruzione del nuovo palazzetto dello sport.

From the latest inquiries, the prosecutor has ascertained that the city councillor received some bribes before assigning the job for the construction the new sports complex.

The expression can also be used with the verb, partire, as in the expression, partire per la tangentewhich means to go off on a tangent.

Quando parlo di matrimonio con il mio fidanzato, lui svia il discorso e parte per la tangente. Credo che non sia ancora pronto per sposarsi.

When I talk about marriage with my boyfriend, he sidetracks the issues and goes off on a tangent. I think he still is not really to get married.

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