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inch

noun [C] uk   /ɪntʃ/ ( written abbreviation in.) us  
B1 a unit used for measuring length, approximately equal to 2.54 centimetres, sometimes shown by the symbol ″: Twelve inches are equal to one foot. He had a cut an inch long above his left eye. The snow was six inches deep in some places. a piece of wood 2″ by 2″
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verb [I or T, + adv/prep] uk   /ɪntʃ/ us  
to move very slowly or in a lot of short stages: We are inching towards an agreement. Share prices inched up/higher during the day. Residents watched the flames inch closer and closer.
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