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[Italian Lesson] You put me on the spot!

[Italian Lesson] You put me on the spot!

Su due piedi, non mi ricordo il titolo del film.

What do you say when you’ve been put on the spot and you can’t think of what to say next?

In Italian, you could use the phrase: SU DUE PIEDI 

It’s exactly like the American expression “on your feet.” 

Ecco gli esempi:

  • Non riesco a dirti, su due piedi, la parola giusta. - I can’t think of the right word off the cuff (or: off the top of my head). 

  • Su due piedi, non mi ricordo il titolo del film. - On the spot, I don’t remember the name of the movie.

  • Su due piedi, direi che lei vuole una nuova borsa per Natale. - Off the cuff, I would say that she wants a new purse for Christmas. 

Or, another way that you can use it to mean ‘on the spot’ might be:

  • Mi ha assunto su due piedi. - She hired me on the spot. 

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