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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 the woman's face was covered in make-up, and unfortunately, it showed.
2. Fully embodying a certain trait or look. 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; 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 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.
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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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