By inches; little by little.
- Not like a lion, not like a lamb, more like a slug: winter is arriving inchmeal in the New York City region.
- Trench warfare in Pennsylvania cities is therefore inchmeal, and the results hard to measure.
- The warm water moves inchmeal to the east; the coast of America gets slowly but surely a thicker layer of warm water.
Mid 16th century: from inch1 + -meal from Old English mǣlum, in the sense 'measure, quantity taken at one time'.
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