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or conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that." (connects alternatives)o, oppure cong
 Do you want the green or the blue?
 Vuoi quello verde o quello blu?
or conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that." (connects alternative terms for [sth])o cong
 The islands are known as The Falklands, or Las Islas Malvinas.
 Le isole sono conosciute come Falkland, o Isole Malvine.
or conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that." (correlative)o, oppure cong
 You should either call him or send him an email.
 Dovresti o chiamarlo o mandargli un'e-mail.
or conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that." (correction)cioè, ovvero, vale a dire cong
 I don't like coffee. Or I do, but only when it's very weak.
 Non mi piace il caffè. Cioè, mi piace solo quando è molto leggero.
or conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that." (approximation)o cong
 I'll be back in two or three minutes.
 Torno tra due o tre minuti.
  Segnala un errore

WordReference English-Italiano Dictionary © 2014:

Compound Forms/Forme composte
"or
to put it better"
cioè avv
a dozen or so adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." informal (around 12)circa una dozzina nf
   (quantità approssimata)una dozzina nf
 Can you please bring me back a dozen or so eggs from the grocery store?
 Per favore mi porti circa una dozzina di uova dal negozio?
all-or-none estremista nmf
be sufficient for [sth] or [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be enough for [sth] or [sb])essere sufficiente per qlcs, essere sufficiente a fare qlcs vi
 Your explanation is not sufficient to answer all my questions.
 Le vostre spiegazioni non sono sufficienti a rispondere a tutte le mie domande.
believe it or not exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." (though it may seem incredible)che tu lo creda o no
 Believe it or not, I just won the jackpot in the state lottery!
 Che tu lo creda o no, ho appena vinto il jackpot della lotteria nazionale!
black or white adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." figurative (clear cut)inequivocabile, chiaro, diretto agg
 La mia risposta è inequivocabile.
black or white adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." figurative (viewed simplistically)  (opinioni semplicistiche)bianco o nero, o bianco o nero agg
 There is no gray area here, it's black or white.
 Non ci sono mezze sfumature qui, è o bianco o nero.
by hook or by crook advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." figurative (by any means necessary)di riffa o di raffa avv
  con le buone o con le cattive, in un modo o nell'altro avv
come hell or high water advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (whatever the difficulties, whatever happens)qualunque cosa accada, qualunque cosa succeda
  in ogni caso
  a tutti i costi, a qualunque costo
 Come hell or high water, I am going to finish this marathon.
 Finirò questa maratona a qualunque costo.
come rain or shine advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (whatever the weather)  (informale)che piova o tiri vento
   (meteorologico)con qualunque tempo, con qualsiasi tempo
  qualunque tempo faccia, qualsiasi tempo faccia
 Come rain or shine, we are going to beach tomorrow!
 Che piova o tiri vento noi domani si va in spiaggia!
come rain or shine advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." figurative (whatever happens)  (figurato, idiomatico)cascasse il mondo
 Come rain or shine, I will never abandon you.
 Non ti abbandonerò mai cascasse il mondo.
do or die exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." figurative (critical situation)o la va o la spacca
do-or-die adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." figurative (situation: critical)  (situazione)critico agg
double or nothing
US: double or quits
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
UK (gambling: type of bet)lascia o raddoppia
  il doppio o niente
double or nothing
US: double-or-quits
n as adjnoun as adjective: Describes another noun--for example, "boat race," "dogfood."
UK (bet: risk is double)di lascia o raddoppia loc agg
 I won $100 in a double-or-nothing bet.
 Ho vinto 100 dollari con una giocata di lascia o raddoppia.
double-or-nothing il doppio o niente nm
either/or
either-or
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
informal (with two choices)o l'uno o l'altro
 The issue often is presented as an either/or proposition: either you eagerly accept all technology, or you are behind the times.
 La questione è spesso presentata come o l'uno o l'altro: o si accetta entusiasti tutte le tecnologie o si resta indietro con i tempi.
feast-or-famine una volta troppo e una volta troppo poco
  o troppo o niente
  da un estremo all'altro
fight-or-flight n as adjnoun as adjective: Describes another noun--for example, "boat race," "dogfood." (denoting instinctive response)attacco o fuga nm
first or last primo o ultimo
for better or for worse advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (whatever the consequences)nella buona e nella cattiva sorte, nel bene e nel male avv
 I will be your wife for better or for worse.
 Prometto di starti vicino nella buona e nella cattiva sorte.
heads or tails testa o croce
hit-or-miss
hit-and-miss
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
informal (variable)dal risultato imprevedibile
   (imprevedibile)che può andare benissimo come malissimo
   (imprevedibile)che può essere in un modo come nel modo opposto
  inaffidabile, imprevedibile agg
in one way or another advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (somehow, by some means)in un modo o nell'altro
in praise of [sth] or [sb] advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (approvingly)in elogio di
in some way or other advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (somehow)in qualche modo, in un qualche modo, in un modo o in un altro avv
 I'd like to help him in some way or other because he deserves to succeed.
 Vorrei poterlo aiutare in qualche modo perché merita di riuscirci.
inclusive or incluso o
know a thing or two v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (be experienced in [sth])saperne qc di
 After 20 years on the job, he knows a thing or two about construction.
 Dopo aver lavorato 20 anni nel settore, ne sa qualcosa di costruzioni.
learn a thing or two v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (become knowledgeable)imparare alcune cose, imparare un paio di cose, imparare qualcosa
   (informale)imparare qualche trucchetto, imparare un paio di cosette
 Stick around and watch; you may learn a thing or two.
 Resta qui e guarda, potresti imparare un paio di cose.
little or no adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (hardly any)quasi nessuno loc agg
 I haven't done any revising so there's little or no chance of me passing the exam.
 Non ho ripassato quindi non c'è quasi nessuna possibilità che io passi l'esame.
live or die vivere o morire
make or break [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (cause success, failure)decidere le sorti espr
 That critic's reviews can make or break a new restaurant.
 Le recensioni di quel critico possono decidere le sorti di un nuovo ristorante.
make-or-break adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." informal (success or failure)decisivo, cruciale agg
matter of life or death questione di vita o di morte
more or less advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (to a greater or lesser extent)più o meno avv
 I have more or less decided to delay going to college for a year.
name [sb] after [sb] or [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (give [sb] a name in honour of [sb] or [sth])dare un nome a qn in onore di qn, chiamare qn in onore di qn vtr
no ifs
ands
or buts
exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
informal (no excuses are permitted)  (assolutamente)senza se e senza ma, niente se e niente ma, non ci sono se e ma che tengano
 I need you to finish that report today, no ifs, ands or buts.
 Ho bisogno che tu finisca quel rapporto entro oggi, senza se e senza ma.
not for love or money advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (impossible to obtain by any means)neanche a pagarlo, neanche morto avv
 You can't get a table in that restaurant for love or money.
now or never exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." (final chance)ora o mai più, adesso o mai più avv
 You have to decide, it's now or never if you want to go to the concert.
odd or even pari o dispari
once or twice una volta o due
one hundred or so adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." informal (about a hundred)  (circa cento)un centinaio nm
 It's a middle-sized plane, with one hundred or so seats.
 È un aereo di medie dimensioni, con un centinaio di posti.
one or the other uno o l'altro loc nom
one or two   (uno o due)qualcuno pron
or circuit circuito OR
or else advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (otherwise, if not)oppure, o, o altrimenti, altrimenti cong
 Choose ham and eggs, or else ham and cheese.
 Scegli prosciutto e uova, oppure prosciutto e formaggio.
or else interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" informal (expressing a threat)o peggio per te inter
 You will do as I say, or else!
 Farai come dico io, o peggio per te!
or more advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (perhaps a larger quantity)o più avv
 It will take two hours or more just to drive through Chicago.
 Ci vorranno due ore o più per guidare attraverso Chicago.
or not o no inter
or rather   (oppure)ovvero conj
or rather anzi avv
or so advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (approximately)circa, più o meno avv
 The container could hold a litre or so of water.
pair up [sb] or [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (find a match for [sb] or [sth])accoppiare vtr
play (a trick or a joke) on (s.o.) beffarsi di qn
play (a trick or a joke) on (s.o.) giocare un brutto tiro a qn
rain or shine advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (whatever the weather)con la pioggia o con il sole
  indipendentemente dal tempo avv
 The marathon run will take place rain or shine, although it will be postponed if there's lightning.
 La maratona si farà con la pioggia o con il sole, ma sarà rimandata in caso di fulmini.
ready or not advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (regardless of whether you are prepared)pronto o no, pronto o meno
 Ready or not, I have to take my final exam today.
 Pronto o no, devo fare l'esame finale oggi.
sink or swim v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (fail or succeed)o la va o la spacca
 It's sink or swim with this final exam.
 Per questo esame finale o la va o la spacca.
somehow or other advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in an undetermined way)in un modo o nell'altro
 Jan studied the cliff face, determined to scale it somehow or other.
 Jan studiò la parete rocciosa e decise che l'avrebbe scalata in un modo o nell'altro.
something or other nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. ([sth] not remembered precisely)qualche cosa, qualcosa pron
  un qualcosa pron
 Something or other didn't feel quite right about him. She told me something or other about not being able to pay the bill.
 Qualcosa non quadrava in lui. Lei mi ha detto qualche cosa riguardo all'impossibilità di pagare la bolletta.
sooner or later advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (at some time in the future)prima o poi avv
 Keep up your life of crime and sooner or later you'll end up in prison!
 Se continuerai a fare la vita del criminale prima o poi finirai in prigione!
ten or so adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (about 10)circa dieci, più o meno dieci, una decina di agg
 In about ten or so days, I will have finished my exams!
 Tra una decina di giorni avrò finito tutti gli esami.
trick or treat
trick-or-treat
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(Halloween tradition)  (Halloween)dolcetto o scherzetto
 Trick or treat's the only thing I like about Hallowe'en.
 "Dolcetto o scherzetto" è l'unica cosa che mi piace di Halloween.
Trick or treat! interjinterjection: Exclamation--for example, "Oh no!" "Wow!" (at Halloween)  (Halloween)dolcetto o scherzetto
trick-or-treat   (Halloween)dolcetto o scherzetto?
trick-or-treating nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (Halloween custom: going door to door)  (Halloween)dolcetto o scherzetto
truth or dare nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (question-and-answer game)obbligo o verità
  dire o fare
Nota: E' abbastanza simile al gioco conosciuto anche come "dire, fare, baciare, lettera, testamento"
turn (s.o. or smtg) into tramutare v
TV or Radio Station (telecomm.)  (emittente televisiva)emittente n
two or three due o tre
whether ... or not   (congiuntivo)che ... o no cong
whether ... or not ... sia che ... o correlative conj
whether or no se... oppure no
whether or not conjconjunction: Connects words, clauses, and sentences--for example, "and," "but," "because," "in order that." (no matter if, even if)che... o no
 We'll go to the game whether or not it rains.
 Andremo alla partita, che piova o no.
with or without you con o senza di te
without rhyme or reason advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (inexplicably)senza logica, senza senso, senza capo né coda
  senza motivo
 He yells at me without rhyme or reason, and I just can't understand why.
 Mi urla contro senza motivo, e non capisco perché.
without rhyme or reason adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (inexplicable)privo di logica, privo di senso agg
  senza logica, senza senso, senza capo né coda
  senza motivo
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