There are 2 main translations of inch in Italian:

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inch 1

British English: /ɪn(t)ʃ/
American English: /ɪn(t)ʃ/

noun

  • 2 [figurative] (small amount) See examples:inch by inch I couldn't see an inch in front of me in the fog
    non vedevo a un palmo di distanza nella nebbia
    to miss being run over by inches
    non essere investito per un pelo
    to come within an inch of winning, succeeding
    essere a un passo o a un pelo dalla vittoria, dal farcela
    to be within an inch of death, victory she won't give o budge an inch
    non si sposta di un centimetro

transitive verb

  • to inch [something] forward
    spingere avanti di poco
    (box)
    andare avanti poco a poco con
    (car)
    to inch the car into the garage
    entrare piano piano con la macchina in garage
    to inch one's way across something
    attraversare qualcosa poco a poco

intransitive verb

  • to inch across
    attraversare poco a poco, lentamente
    (floor)
    to inch along
    avanzare lentamente lungo
    (ledge, plank)
    to inch towards
    dirigersi lentamente verso
    (door)
    [figurative]
    arrivare a piccoli passi a
    (solution, completion)

Idioms

give her an inch and she'll take a mile o yard

se le dai un dito, lei si prende il braccio

I don't trust him an inch

to fight every inch of the way

lottare allo stremo

to know every inch of something

conoscere qualcosa perfettamente o come le proprie tasche

to search every inch of the car, carpet

setacciare la macchina, il tappeto centimetro per centimetro

to be every inch an aristocrat, soldier

essere un aristocratico, un soldato dalla testa ai piedi

Phrasal verbs

inch up

(inflation, interest rate, price)
salire poco per volta, gradualmente

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There are 2 main translations of inch in Italian:

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inch 2
British English: /ɪn(t)ʃ/
American English: /ɪn(t)ʃ/

noun

(Scottish English) (Irish English)
  • piccola isola (feminine)

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