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inchmeal

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adverb inch·meal \ˈinch-ˌmēl, -ˈmēl\

Definition of inchmeal



Examples of inchmeal in a sentence

  1. <the troops moved through the village inchmeal, recapturing it virtually house by house>



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All the infections that the sun sucks up / From bogs, fens, flats, on Prosper fall, and make him / By inch-meal a disease! So goes one of the curses the hated and hateful Caliban hurls in the direction of Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest. The origin of "inchmeal" is simple; the "inch" half is the familiar measurement, and the "meal" is the suffix we know from the more common word piecemeal (which shares the "gradually" meaning of "inchmeal," and has several other meanings as well). "Meal" is an old suffix that means "by a (specified) portion or measure at a time"; it is related to the modern German word mal, meaning "time," as in the German word manchmal, meaning "sometimes."

Origin and Etymology of inchmeal

1inch + -meal (as in piecemeal)


First Known Use: 1530


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