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see English units of measurementEnglish units of measurement,
principal system of weights and measures used in a few nations, the only major industrial one being the United States. It actually consists of two related systems—the U.S.
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inch

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(mechanics)
A unit of length in common use in the United States and Great Britain, equal to ¹⁄₁₂ foot or 2.54 centimeters. Abbreviated in.

inch

1. a unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot or 0.0254 metre
2. Meteorol
a. an amount of precipitation that would cover a surface with water one inch deep
b. a unit of pressure equal to a mercury column one inch high in a barometer
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It was, somehow, alright on the night - and day - but the entertainment was in seeing a miserable, moaning, stressed-out Daisy come within an inch of having a nervous breakdown.
THE GOSSIP that's not what i heard: Fresh from rockin' Ladyfest attendees within an inch of their wits, Northwest talks-of-the-town the Gossip return this fall with more of that punk wallop that makes them, well, the talk of the town.
THE evil brothers who tortured two young boys to within an inch of their lives did it because they were bored and there was "nowt to do".
Guards have encouraged other prisoners to beat him to within an inch of his life.
The gold and silver catsuit was slashed to the navel and her hair was back-combed to within an inch of its life.
Polished within an inch of its life, the slow swing numbers here are thoughtfully rendered and poetic - but snore-inducing at times.
DEATH came within an inch of claiming George Harrison's life two years ago when he was repeatedly stabbed by a paranoid schizophrenic in his Oxfordshire mansion.
One wrote a letter that said, `I've been beaten within an inch of my life, I've had people tie me up and shoot me up with drugs, I've been gang-raped by family members--and these are straight people that did this to me.
And paramedics said the spike was within an inch of cutting an artery - which would have killed him.
It is the appalling beating of an 89-year-old woman - literally to within an inch of her life - that really gets my goat.
Repeatedly rewritten to within an inch of its life and showing it, this latest governmental thriller from the hit-and-miss director Roger Donaldson (``No Way Out,'' ``Thirteen Days'' on the plus side; ``White Sands'' and ``Marie'' in the minus column) starts out engagingly cagey.
The woman had already climbed over the side barrier of the Erskine Bridge, leaving her within an inch of a 300-ft drop to the Clyde.