inch by inch
phrasal very gradually or slowly

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • inch by inch — adverb see by inches * * * inch by inch By small degrees ● inch * * * inch by inch phrase very slowly, carefully, and gradually Divers are searching through these murky waters inch by inch. Thesaurus: slowly …   Useful english dictionary

  • inch by inch — index piecemeal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • inch by inch — very slowly, carefully, and gradually Divers are searching through these murky waters inch by inch …   English dictionary

  • inch by inch — little by little, gradually …   English contemporary dictionary

  • by inch of candle — See auction by inch of candle; sale by the candle …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • by inch of candle — phrasal : by auction in which bidding is open only while a small piece of candle burns …   Useful english dictionary

  • Excommunication by inch of candle — Candle Can dle, n. [OE. candel, candel, AS, candel, fr. L. candela a (white) light made of wax or tallow, fr. cand[ e]re to be white. See {Candid}, and cf. {Chandler}, {Cannel}, {Kindle}.] 1. A slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sale by inch of candle — Candle Can dle, n. [OE. candel, candel, AS, candel, fr. L. candela a (white) light made of wax or tallow, fr. cand[ e]re to be white. See {Candid}, and cf. {Chandler}, {Cannel}, {Kindle}.] 1. A slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sale by inch of candle — See sale by the candle …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • auction by inch of candle — An auction at which the successful bidder is he who bids highest up to the time of the falling of the wick of a short candle lighted when the bidding began …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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