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inch
British English: /ɪn(t)ʃ/
American English: /ɪn(t)ʃ/

Translation of inch in French:

noun pl inches

  • 2 [figurative] (small amount) See examples: inch by inch I couldn't see an inch in front of me in the fog
    je ne voyais rien à deux pas dans le brouillard
    he missed being run over by inches to come within an inch of winning/succeeding
    passer à deux doigts de la victoire/du succès
    to be within an inch of death/victory
    être à deux doigts de la mort/victoire
    she won't give ou budge an inch
    elle ne veut pas bouger d'un pouce

transitive verb

  • to inch something forward
    faire avancer [quelque chose] petit à petit
    (car)
    to inch the car into the garage
    rentrer la voiture au garage avec précaution
    to inch one's way across something
    traverser [quelque chose] petit à petit

intransitive verb

  • to inch across something
    traverser [quelque chose] petit à petit
    (floor)
    to inch along something
    franchir [quelque chose] petit à petit
    (ledge, plank)
    to inch towards something
    [literal]
    se diriger petit à petit vers
    (door)
    [figurative]
    parvenir petit à petit à
    (solution, completion)

Idioms

give her an inch and she'll take a mile ou yard

plus on lui en donne, plus elle en veut

I don't trust him an inch

je n'ai pas la moindre confiance en lui

to fight every inch of the way

lutter pied à pied

to know every inch of something

connaître quelque chose comme sa poche

to search every inch of the car/carpet

passer la voiture/le tapis au peigne fin

to be every inch an aristocrat/soldier

être aristocrate/soldat jusqu'à la moelle

Phrasal verbs

inch up

(inflation, interest rate, price)
monter graduellement

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