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ladder nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (set of rungs for climbing)scala a pioli nf
  (a pioli, portatile)scala nf
ladder [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." UK (tear: tights, stockings)strappare, smagliare vtr
 I laddered my tights trying to climb over the fence.
 Mi sono smagliata le calze cercando di scavalcare la staccionata.
ladder viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." UK (tights, stockings: run)strapparsi, smagliarsi v rif
 My stockings were so sheer, they laddered after ten minutes' wear.
 Le mie calze erano così fini che si sono strappate dopo dieci minuti che le indossavo.
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
career ladder nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative (advancement in a job)avanzamento di carriera, scatto di carriera nm
climb the ladder v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (advance your career)fare carriera vtr
 He was determined to climb the ladder and become the company chairman one day.
 Era risoluto a fare carriera e a diventare prima o poi il presidente dell'azienda.
corporate ladder nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (hierarchy within a business)gerarchia aziendale nf
extension ladder scala allungabile
fish ladder nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (channel allowing fish past barriers)scala di risalita nf
  passaggio per pesci nm
hook and ladder camion dei pompieri con scala estensibile
hook-and-ladder di camion dei pompieri con scala estensibile
Jacob's ladder scala di Giacobbe
ladder company  (squadra di pompieri)autoscala
ladder company società di scale nf
ladder rack nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (structure for transporting a ladder)portascala nm
 That truck has a ladder rack behind the cab.
 Quel camion ha un portascala dietro la cabina.
ladder truck autocarro con scala nm
little ladder  (scala)scaletta nf
property ladder nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative (progress from cheaper to more expensive housing) (figurato)property ladder nf
Nota: Si riferisce alla scala sociale che sale chi, come proprietario, passa da una prima casa economica a proprietà via via più costose.
 When they were approved for a home loan, they were able to leave their apartment and move up the property ladder.
rope ladder nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (ladder made primarily of rope)scaletta di corda nf
 The best way to get up the tree was by the rope ladder.
sliding ladder scala allungabile
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