inch meal


by inches; inch by inch; little by little.

1520–30; inch1 + -meal Unabridged
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inchmeal (ˈɪntʃˌmiːl)
gradually; inch by inch or little by little
[C16: from inch1 + -mele, from Old English mælum quantity taken at one time; compare piecemeal]

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