Definition of half-inch in English:



  • A unit of length half as long as an inch.

    • ‘Mine are presently a half-inch above the heel of my shoes.’
    • ‘And as the general indicated, that level is reducing by about an inch, a half-inch an hour.’
    • ‘He only joined the motor trade after being rejected by the police because he was a half-inch too short.’
    • ‘Now after several hours, both yesterday and today, of dutifully following the above steps, I was rewarded with the satisfaction of being merely a half-inch away from my goal - that point when mouth and hilt are one.’
    • ‘On the very last part of my swing, my wrist and thumb were turned about a half-inch off where they should have been.’
    • ‘Your walking or running shoe should be a half-inch longer than the length of your longest toe.’
    • ‘Despite an increase in cholesterol, he actually lost three pounds, decreased his fat mass and dropped a half-inch around the waist.’
    • ‘Water thoroughly when the top half-inch of soil dries out.’
    • ‘The Power Dot, from a company called findtheDOT, is a gadget the size and shape of a matchbox: about an inch by an inch by a half-inch.’
    • ‘We were separated by a half-inch of Perspex stretching from floor to ceiling.’
    • ‘Get a ball that has the pin three to four inches out, and locate the pin about an inch above and a half-inch to the right of the ring finger (for a righthander, opposite for lefthanders).’
    • ‘Holes about a quarter to a half-inch in size are needed in the bin for aeration.’
    • ‘Their half-inch of pedal offset makes for an extremely wide pedaling platform, which works best with non-clipless pedals - where constant shifting about is the name of the game.’
    • ‘These active insectivores are usually pretty small, roughly 5.5 inches in length, give or take a half-inch.’
    • ‘The TV news later stated that up to 9 inches had fallen at some Connecticut Valley locations but we saw only about a half-inch.’
    • ‘The exposed part of the slightly tapered handle is six inches long and about a half-inch in diameter.’
    • ‘The shaft length between clubs also changes by about a half-inch.’
    • ‘Hoss' jaw thrust out a good half-inch and his eyes narrowed.’
    • ‘The Lexus' wheelbase, at 105.1 inches, is two inches shorter than the BMW, but its overall length is a mere half-inch shorter.’
    • ‘They took a half-inch away last year and then to take a whole inch was a pretty bold change.’


[with object]British
  • Steal.

    ‘she had her handbag half-inched’
    • ‘Ian said: ‘I was really angry when I discovered our Green Monkey had been half-inched.’’
    • ‘You can accuse MS of many things, but not being able to recognise when something is proving to be popular and passing up the opportunity to half-inch it for themselves isn't one of them.’
    • ‘We discovered that someone with a 5mm Allen key had half-inched the forks off Martyn's bike.’
    • ‘I suspect Grant half-inched the idea from William Burroughs, even though Burroughs talks about language as a virus, rather than cities - the ideas strike me as too similar to be coincidence.’
    • ‘We don't know about you, but if we were anywhere near the band's equipment, we'd be trying to half-inch it, not destroy it but that may say more about us than the Babyshambles fans.’
    • ‘It's pretty much possible to get a corporation to synthesize smallpox DNA already - what happens when this technology is abstracted out into universities, or when the technology to do it gets half-inched off the back of a lorry?’
    • ‘Plus, someone tried to half-inch you using a JCB and a speedboat.’
    • ‘As such, I thought I'd draw up the following ways of ensuring people don't half-inch your precious personal communications accessory…’
    • ‘The dear Winona was arrested for half-inching clothes from a designer store.’
    • ‘I understand they smashed a hole in the wall and half-inched the transmission equipment out.’
    • ‘Not since victim-of-allegations-of-art-crime-serial-killing epic ‘I have not been to Oxford Town ‘was half-inched for Starship Troopers has a culture-concept car crash left me so aesthetically tumescent.’
    • ‘Well, when I was in Italy your countrymen tried to half-inch everything not nailed down.’
    • ‘Hence, while they wouldn't blink an eye at half-inching a Nana Mouskouri vocal sample, or appearing as deranged doctors for The Everlasting Blink album, their musical map has always directed them down the road less well travelled.’
    • ‘Ex-con Johnny Clay gets cold-blooded Arane to shoot a racehorse and chess-playing thug Maurice to start a commotion while he half-inches the green.’
    • ‘It's unashamedly pop, and I've heard it three times now, and still think the chorus melody is partly half-inched from ‘Step Into Christmas’, but they just about get away with it, Clint grinning and singing his heart out behind his Farfisa.’
    • ‘And later, Kane decides to take the good guy route and destroy Greg's contact details, which he half-inched from Peter Baker's jotter.’
    purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
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