every inch a

every inch a something

 and every inch the something
completely; in every way. (Usually strengthening a following adjective.) Mary is every inch the schoolteacher. Her father is every inch a gentleman.
See also: every, inch
References in classic literature ?
He looked every inch a soldier, and, curiously enough, he seemed in his bearing and attitude to be respecting the higher rank by virtue of which Thomson had spoken.
Nay, my father," answered our quondam servant, who now, clad as he was in the full panoply of savage war, looked every inch a warrior king, "do thou speak, and let me, who am but a child in wisdom beside thee, hearken to thy words.
Now Wendy was every inch a woman, though there were not very many inches, and she peeped out of the bed-clothes.
Playing before one of the Arab tents was a little girl of ten--a black-haired, black-eyed little girl who, with her nut-brown skin and graceful carriage looked every inch a daughter of the desert.
King Lear folded his arms (to the imminent peril of his beard) and said, in a mild explanatory tone, "Ay, every inch a king
By all the saints, Richard, thou be every inch a King's son, an' though we made sour faces at the time, we be all the prouder of thee now.