column inch

noun Printing.
type one column wide and 1 inch (2.54 cm) deep.

Origin:
1935–40

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column inch
 
n
a unit of measurement for advertising space, one inch deep and one column wide

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It is often found in newspaper articles and is a sure sign somebody is being paid by the word or column inch.
The publication fee may be based upon rate per column inch rather than fixed charge per folio.
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