|Origin:||uncia 'one twelfth'|
inch1 S2 W3 [countable]
1 written abbreviation inTM
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 something
a six inch nail
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.
completely or in every way:
With her designer clothes and elegant hair, she looks every inch the celebrity.
used to say that if you allow someone a little freedom or power, they will try to take more
moving very gradually and slowly:
Inch by inch, he lowered himself from the roof.
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.
to beat someone very hard and thoroughly:
Another word out of you and I'll beat you to within an inch of your life.