Also, inch by inch. Gradually, bit by bit, as in We found ourselves in rush hour traffic, moving by inches. Shakespeare used this term in Coriolanus (5:4): “They'll give him death by inches.” Despite the increasing use of metric measurements, it survives, often as an exaggeration of the actual circumstance. The phrase to inch along, first recorded in 1812, means “to move bit by bit,” as in There was a long line at the theater, just inching along.
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Not quite, but at one point the temperature registered 29 below zero, with 21 inches of snow.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’|Jennie Yabroff|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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In cross-section the burrows varied from round (three inches in diameter) to oval (three inches high and four inches wide).Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula|Erwin E. Klaas
All along the highways and by-paths of our literature we encounter much that pertains to this "queen of plants."
John was baptizing at a large pool called Ænon-by-Saleim,—probably allegorical, meaning “Fountain of Repose.”Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
Sir Cadge was about the same age as the famous beauty, and rose quite two inches above her lofty head.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
The sewing-machine made a resounding clatter in the room; it was of a ponderous, by-gone make.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin