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PhilippaLL

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English-England
Per poco non ci è venuto addosso

Does this mean something like:

"You almost bumped into us".

Could someone please explain the "non".
 
  • morgana

    Senior Member
    It's a "he", not a "you" ;)

    Literally it would be something like "He didn't bump into us by a hair's breadth", which means he missed us by a hair's breadth (space) or a second (time).
     

    PhilippaLL

    Senior Member
    English-England
    Thank you, Morgana.

    I think here it is polite you, as the speaker is addressing a stranger.

    I like "missed us by a hair's breadth".
     
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