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stretch
British English: /strɛtʃ/
American English: /strɛtʃ/

Translation of stretch in Italian:

noun

  • 1 (extending movement) (in gymnastics) to have a stretch
    stiracchiarsi
    to give something a stretch
    (elastic)
    to be at full stretch (taut)
    (rope, elastic)
    essere teso al massimo
    [figurative] (flat out)
    (factory, office)
    essere a pieno regime
    to work at full stretch
    (factory, machine)
    lavorare a pieno regime
    (person)
    lavorare al massimo delle proprie possibilità
    I can lend you £50 at a stretch
    ti posso prestare al massimo 50 sterline
  • 3 (section) (of road, track, coastline, river) a clear, dangerous stretch of road
    un tratto di strada sgombro, pericoloso
    the stretch of track, road between Oxford and Banbury
    il tratto di ferrovia, strada tra Oxford e Banbury
    to be on the home o finishing stretch
    (athlete, racehorse)
  • 5 (period) a short, long stretch
    un breve, lungo periodo
    he was often left alone for long stretches
    spesso lo lasciavano da solo per lunghi periodi (di tempo)
    a three-hour stretch
    un lasso di tempo di tre ore
    I did an 18-month stretch in Tokyo
    ho passato 18 mesi a Tokyo
    to work for 12 hours at a stretch
    lavorare 12 ore di fila o di seguito
  • 6 [informal] (prison sentence) See examples:a five-year stretch
    cinque anni dentro
    to do a long stretch
    stare dentro un bel po'

adjective attrib.

  • (cover, fabric, waist)
    (limousine)
    a carrozzeria allungata

transitive verb

  • 1 (extend)
    (rope, net) between tra
    to stretch one's neck, arms, legs
    distendere o allungare il collo, le braccia, le gambe
    to stretch one's legs [figurative]
    sgranchirsi le gambe, fare una passeggiata
    to stretch one's wings [figurative]
    spiegare il volo
    the fabric was stretched tight across his shoulders, buttocks
    l'abito gli fasciava le spalle, il sedere
  • 2
    (increase the size) (spring, elastic)
    (fabric)
    (deliberately) (shoe)
    (distort) (garment, shoe)
    they stretched their lead to 5-0 [figurative]
    hanno allungato portandosi sul 5-0
  • 4 (push to the limit)
    abusare di
    (patience, tolerance)
    sfruttare [qualcuno] al massimo delle sue possibilità
    (pupil, employee, competitor)
    to be fully stretched
    (person, company)
    essere al massimo delle proprie possibilità
    the system is stretched to the limit you're stretching my credulity to the limit
    stai abusando della mia credulità
    I need a job that stretches me she isn't stretched at school
    la scuola non la stimola granché
    isn't that stretching it a bit? [informal]
    non state esagerando un po'?

intransitive verb

  • 1 (extend one's limbs)
    stirarsi, distendersi
  • 2 (spread) (road, track)
    snodarsi, stendersi
    for per
    (forest, water, beach, moor)
    stendersi
    for per
    the road stretches for 200 km
    la strada si snoda per 200 km
    to stretch over
    (empire)
    estendersi su
    (Europe)
    (festivities, course)
    protrarsi per, durare
    (fortnight, month)
    to stretch to o as far as something
    (flex, string)
    arrivare fino a qualcosa
    how far does the queue, traffic jam stretch?
    fino a dove arriva la coda, l'ingorgo?
    the weeks stretched into months
    le settimane diventarono mesi
  • 3 (become larger)
    (elastic)
    allungarsi
    (shoe)
    allargarsi
    (fabric, garment)
    sformarsi, cedere
    this fabric stretches
    questa stoffa cede
  • 4 [informal] (afford) See examples:I think I can stretch to a bottle of wine
    penso di potermi permettere una bottiglia di vino
    the budget won't stretch to a new computer
    nel nostro budget non ci sta un computer nuovo

reflexive verb

  • to stretch oneself
    stirarsi
    [figurative]
    fare uno sforzo

Phrasal verbs

stretch back:

the queue stretches back for 100 metres to stretch back for centuries
(tradition)
risalire a secoli addietro
to stretch back to
(problem, tradition) (1970, last year)
(traffic jam, queue)
arrivare fino a
(place, corner)

stretch out:

1 stretch out 1.1 (lie down)
distendersi, allungarsi
1.2 (extend) (plain, countryside, road)
stendersi
2 stretch out [something], stretch [something] out (extend)
(hand, foot) towards verso
(nets, sheet)
I stretched my speech out to an hour
ho fatto in modo che il mio discorso durasse un'ora

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