inchmeal

[ inch-meel ]
/ ˈɪntʃ mil /

adverb

by inches; inch by inch; little by little.

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Origin of inchmeal

First recorded in 1520–30; inch1 + -meal
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British Dictionary definitions for inchmeal

inchmeal
/ (ˈɪntʃˌmiːl) /

adverb

gradually; inch by inch or little by little

Word Origin for inchmeal

C16: from inch 1 + -mele, from Old English mælum quantity taken at one time; compare piecemeal
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