Paganini non ripete

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Etymology[edit]

Literally “Paganini does not repeat”. The phrase originates from an episode dating back to 1825: in Teatro Falcone, Genoa, the artist was asked by King Charles Felix for an encore of a piece he had liked; but since Paganini had improvised, he was unable to repeat the performance and is said to have given this as his answer. As a result, he was expelled from the Kingdom of Sardinia for two years.

Phrase[edit]

Paganini non ripete

  1. (usually humorous, sometimes menacing) Said when someone is unwilling to repeat what they have already said.
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