Italian Idiomatic Expressions: Clear & Round


I love Italian idiomatic expressions – those sayings you just can’t translate directly but which make the Italian language the colorful and charming language it is.

Today’s saying is an emphatic one, in both English and Italian, but for some reason I think I’d have a hard time using the Italian version without giggling just a little (at least on the inside). I’ll let you decide whether you might, too.

Chiaro e tondo!

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This is the Italian stand-in for “In no uncertain terms!” – something you’re going to be serious about, most likely, which is why knowing that it literally means “Clear and round!” might be my undoing.

I’ll keep sharing Italian idiomatic expressions with you periodically; and if you’ve got a favorite saying, let me know!

If you like this one, check out some of the other Italian idiomatic expressions I’ve posted about, too.

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