Definition of by inches
: by a small amount, distance, or degree The bullet missed my head by inches.
Word by Word Definitions
: a small amount, distance, or degree
: stature, height
: a fall (as of rain or snow) sufficient to cover a surface or to fill a gauge to the depth of one inch
: to move by small degrees : progress slowly
: to cause to move slowly
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