I was translating a text and I read:

It seems you inch closer to my window with each passing day

What does "inch closer" mean? I tried to search on Google but I didn't understood really what does it mean.

I hope you can help me, thanks.

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    If you google "define inch", the results include "verb 1. move slowly and carefully in a specified direction". Does that help you understand the sentence?
    – stangdon
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 14:44

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It means getting closer slowly and gradually, i.e., an inch at a time (1 inch is 2.54cm).

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