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sfiorare

Translation of sfiorare in English:

verbo transitivo

  • 1 (toccare appena)
    to touch [something] lightly, to brush (guancia, capelli)
    (persona, mano, ginocchio, pietra)
    to brush against, to skim, to graze (persona, oggetto, muro)
    sfiorare la spalla di qualcuno
    to brush somebody's shoulder
    sfiorare l'acqua con le dita
    to trail one's hand in the water
    l'auto mi ha sfiorato
    the car just missed me
    non l'ho sfiorata nemmeno con un dito
  • 2 [figurato]sfiorare appena un argomento
    to skim the surface of an issue
    il libro non sfiora neanche il problema
    the book doesn't even touch upon o mention the problem
    l'idea non mi ha nemmeno sfiorato la mente
    the idea didn't even cross my mind
    un sorriso le sfiorò le labbra
    a hint of a smile came across her lips
  • 3 (giungere vicinissimo)
    to come close to (catastrofe, lite)
    l'auto sfiora i 200 all'ora
    the car can reach a speed of nearly 200 km per hour
    sfiorare la morte
    to have a brush with death, to come close to death
    sfiorare il ridicolo
    to be verging on the ridiculous
    sfiorare il successo
    to become close to success

also: sfiorarsi verbo pronominale

  • to brush against each other

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