Cambia il tuo taglio di capelli, oppure la tua casa.

Is this in any way meaningful as an understood idiom?

It seems quite odd. I mean, I know I have COVID hair, but I don’t think my husband is quite ready to kick me out of the house over it…

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Just one of Italy’s many colourful idioms. Change your ways or else, perhaps.

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Indeed, in fact similar comments have been left for the English version of the sentence on Tatoeba back in 2014 and again in 2015:

This sounds a bit strange in English.

Perhaps this is some kind of Italian proverb.

and

This sounds a bit strange in English.

I wonder in what situation this sentence would be used.

I wonder too indeed… a quick Google search didn’t turn up any real-life usages of it.

Or perhaps it was just added as a joke?

When I saw this sentence I identified immediately with this situation. That what a mom would say to her teenaged child after seeing something outrageous (in her opinion) on that teenage head. For the purpose of learning I view it as a colorful exercise that is legitimate. I remember seeing “llama malata” in a different course and thought it was ridiculous to waste my time on of such phrases. The love of my life replied: it is a language learning, you are picking up new words, even this silly phrase has its merit. (But I do block curse words when I encounter them in CM and blame my upbringing for that )

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Yes, I have an idea that my mum said that to me…

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