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every inch

1. Every part of a place or surface. On New Year's Eve, I want every inch of this room covered in confetti when the clock hits midnight. Every inch of her face was covered in make-up, and, unfortunately, it showed.
2. Fully embodying a certain role, trait, or look. Always precedes a noun phrase. The designer will understand if you want to make more changes—he is every inch the professional. Wow, your costume is great! You look every inch the old Hollywood starlet.
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every inch a/the (something)

Fully and completely something; something in every detail. The designer will understand if you want to make more changes—he is every inch a professional. Wow, your costume is great! You look every inch the old Hollywood starlet.
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every inch

Completely, wholly, as in He was every inch a leader, or I had to argue this case every inch of the way. [Early 1400s]
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every inch

In every respect; entirely: "Ay, every inch a king!" (Shakespeare).
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