Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Little by little; gradually.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. gradually, little by little (an inch at a time)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece an inch long.
  • adv. Little by little; gradually.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • By inches; inch by inch: often with by preceding.

Etymologies

inch1 + (piece)meal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The breeze took us past and the pilot yanked the blast handle, giving us a final inchmeal rise.

    Underworld

  • I make these points not to defend the media, which can hardly be criticized enough for their own health, but to raise yet again the question of why the Clintons from beginning to end chose the inchmeal tactics of trench warfare to defend themselves when they came under fire, throwing up a smokescreen of fibs and disclosing as little as possible.

    In Clinton's Court

  • He could be as patient as Death, that inchmeal stalker of his prey; he could be as ruthless as the sea, and incredibly generous upon occasion.

    The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay

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  • Pakistan in particular, if the inchmeal approach of the Taliban toward the capital is not halted, will need to be robustly confronted.

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  • Others, such as Shakespeare's inchmeal, still occasionally used, seem to have come into use in the 16th century: "unciatim inche by inche, inchemeale" (Cooper, 1573).

    Laudator Temporis Acti

  • I am a sanguinary murderer of time, that would kill him inchmeal just now. "

    The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb — Volume 4 Poems and Plays

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