mandare qualcuno al diavolo

Last week we looked at expressions that involved Dio and dio (note that there is a difference). This week, we’ll look at the other side of the coin and focus on expressions that involve il diavolo (the devil).

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the expression mandare qualcuno al diavolo, which means to tell someone to go to hell. It literally means to send someone to the devil. I won’t say that we have all done this (although I’m sure the example below will be familiar to many), but you are bound to come across this expression in books and movies!

Nessuno dei miei amici vuole venire in macchina con me perché mi arrabbio facilmente quando c’è traffico o ci sono guidatori maleducati. È normale che io mandi qualcuno al diavolo quando vado a fare commissioni in città!

None of my friends want to drive with me because I get angry easily when there is traffic or when there are rude drivers. It is normal for me to tell someone to go to hell when I am running errands downtown!

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