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15 More Brazilian Expressions That Don't Translate Literally

Ending something with a pizza is not exactly a positive thing in Brazil.

Brazilians have amazing expressions – and most don’t translate literally into English. We’ve selected a few of our favorite ones, explaining what they mean and their origins. If you don’t find a particular expression, check out our first and second installments on the issue. And of course, feel free to use the comment section to suggest your favorite Brazilian expressions!

Acabar em pizza”
(To end something with a pizza)
Wrongdoings going unpunished

Back in the 1960s, football club Palmeiras experienced an acute crisis. The team’s board of directors held a meeting to discuss possible solutions but reached no agreement after 14 hours of heated discussion. At the end of the meeting, the executives forgot about their political differences and went to an Italian restaurant to eat pizzas. The next morning, a journalist wrote the following headline: Crisis in Palmeiras ends with pizzas.”

Like many other expressions, this one had a slightly different meaning when it was first coined. At first, it referred to the Brazilian ability to put differences aside and coexist in harmony. In the early 1990s, however, it acquired a more negative connotation and was associated with politicians’ efforts to accommodate their interests and escape prosecution during investigations.

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