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Main Entry: 1inch
Pronunciation: primarystressinch
Function: noun
Etymology: Old English ynce "inch," from Latin uncia "a 12th part, ounce," from unus "one" --related to OUNCE, UNITE --see Word History at OUNCE
1 : a unit of length equal to 1/36 yard (2.54 centimeters) -- see MEASURE table
2 : a small amount, distance, or degree <won't budge an inch>
3 : a small advantage especially from kind treatment -- usually used in the phrase give an inch <did not give an inch during negotiations>
- inch by inch : very gradually or slowly
- within an inch of : almost to the point of <came within an inch of succeeding>

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