inchmeal

inchmeal

[inch-meel]
adverb
by inches; inch by inch; little by little.

Origin:
1520–30; inch1 + -meal

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inchmeal (ˈɪntʃˌmiːl)
 
adv
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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