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English definition of “inch”

inch

verb [I]     /ɪnʃ/
to move very slowly or in a lot of short stages : inch ahead/along/forward Crates inched along the conveyor belt on their way out of the warehouse . Legislators inched closer to closing a loophole in the law .inch up/upward Stocks slowly inched upward in March .
(Definition of inch verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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