inch


inch
inch1 W3S2 [ıntʃ] n
[Date: 1000-1100; : Latin; Origin: uncia 'one twelfth']
1.) written abbreviation in
a unit for measuring length, equal to 2.54 centimetres. There are 12 inches in a foot.
The curtains were an inch too short.
Rainfall here is under 15 inches a year.
a one/two/three etc inch sth
a six inch nail
2.) a very small distance
Derek leaned closer, his face only inches from hers.
The bus missed us by inches .
On several occasions they came within inches of death.
3.) every inch
a) completely or in every way
With her designer clothes and elegant hair, she looks every inch the celebrity.
b) the whole of an area or distance
every inch of
Every inch of space in the tiny shop was crammed with goods.
Italy deserved to win, though Greece made them fight every inch of the way .
4.) give sb an inch and they'll take a yard/mile
used to say that if you allow someone a little freedom or power, they will try to take more
5.) inch by inch
moving very gradually and slowly
Inch by inch, he lowered himself from the roof.
6.) not give/budge an inch
to refuse to change your decision or opinion, even though people are trying to persuade you to do this
Neither side is prepared to give an inch in the negotiations.
7.) beat/thrash etc sb to within an inch of their life
to beat someone very hard and thoroughly
Another word out of you and I'll beat you to within an inch of your life.
inch 2
inch2 v [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to move very slowly in a particular direction, or to make something do this
I inched forward along the ground.

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