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inch

noun [C]
 
 
/ɪntʃ/
B1 ( written abbreviation in.) a unit for measuring length, equal to 2.54 centimetres Measurements of length and distanceArea, mass, weight and volume in generalMiscellaneous units of measurement
not budge/give an inch informal to refuse to change your opinionsStrong-willed
to be every inch sth to be a particular kind of person in every way: He is every inch a gentleman.Complete and wholeVery and extreme
(Definition of inch noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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