Share this entry

British English: /ˈmʌs(ə)l/
American English: /ˈməsəl/

Translation of muscle in Italian:


  • 1 (in arm, leg etc.) calf muscles
    muscoli del polpaccio
    stomach muscles
    (muscoli) addominali
    without moving a muscle don't move a muscle!
    non muoverti!
    before n (exercise, relaxant)
    per i muscoli
    (fatigue, injury, tissue)
  • 2 (Anatomy) (tissue)
    muscoli (masculine plural) , muscolatura (feminine)
  • 3 (clout) financial, military muscle
    potenza finanziaria, militare
    they have no muscle
    non hanno potere
    we have the muscle to compete with these firms
    siamo abbastanza forti da poter competere con queste aziende
    to give muscle to
    (argument, threat)

also: -muscled adjective in composti

transitive verb

  • to muscle one's way into something
    imporsi con la forza in
    farsi largo con la forza in

Phrasal verbs

muscle in

on in
to muscle in on somebody's territory
sconfinare sul territorio di qualcuno

Definition of muscle in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day fortissimo
    Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
    (especially as a direction) very loud or loudly