What’s the meaning of “Crescere a vista d’occhio”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian idiom Crescere a vista d’occhio along with its pronunciation. If you feel taller by the minute, this expression is for you!

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Crescere a vista d’occhio

Meaning of the idiom

Crescere a vista d’occhio can be literally translated as “to grow at the sight of an eye”. Its meaning is the same as the English expressions to grow very quickly and to grow by leaps and bounds: when something seems to grow larger and larger the longer you look at it.

Linguistically speaking, it can be broken down into…

  • crescere, to grow
  • a, preposition “at”
  • vista, (eye)sight
  • d’occhio, “of eye”
small man vs a giant sordier in golden armor

For example, you could say…

Ma come sei diventato grande, Federico! Cresci davvero a vista d’occhio.
How big you have grown, Federico! You are really growing by leaps and bounds.

L’alluvione ha fatto esondare il fiume e il fango è cresciuto a vista d’occhio.
The flood caused the river to overflow, and the mud has grown very quickly.

Pronunciation of Crescere a vista d’occhio in Italian

Now let’s hear how this idiom is pronounced.

Crescere a vista d’occhio.
To grow very quickly, by leaps and bounds.
Literally: To go past the mark.

If you need help with Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.

Where does Crescere a vista d’occhio come from?

If something grows as you watch it, it means its growth speed (velocità) is so great your eye can measure it.

a yellow arrow picturing speed

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian idiom Crescere a vista d’occhio!

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