inch


inch
I UK [ɪntʃ] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "inch":
singular inch plural inches
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a unit for measuring length. An inch is equal to 2.54 centimetres. There are 12 inches in one foot

The car stopped only about three inches from the edge of the cliff.

an inch high/long/wide:

The insect was about an inch long.

a) a very small distance or amount

The gun was inches away from his face.

b) an amount of rain, snow, soil etc that would cover a surface with a layer that is one inch deep

The city was cut off for hours after 10 inches of snow fell overnight.

beat/thrash someone (to) within an inch of their life — to hit someone so hard that they nearly die

every inch (of something) — the whole of an area or place

Every inch of space was taken up with bookshelves.

give someone an inch (and they'll take a mile/yard) — used for saying that if you agree to give someone something that they want, they will then want to take more

look/be every inch something — to look/be completely like a particular type of person

His wife looked every inch a Hollywood beauty.

not give/budge an inch — to completely refuse to change your opinion or decision

I've tried everything to persuade her but she won't budge an inch.


II UK [ɪntʃ] / US verb
Word forms "inch":
present tense I/you/we/they inch he/she/it inches present participle inching past tense inched past participle inched
1) [intransitive/transitive] to move somewhere very slowly and gradually, or to make something do this
inch along/forward/up/towards:

Maggie tapped impatiently on the steering wheel and inched slowly forward.

A dark shadow inched its way along the wall.

2) [intransitive] to gradually become greater or smaller in amount or number
inch up/down/higher/lower:

Interest rates have been inching up over the past year.


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