by small degrees


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Adv.1.by small degrees - by a short distance; "they moved it by inches"
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It went virtually unnoticed at the time, but by small degrees Kobe Bryant loosened his ``Laker for life'' mantra during last week's guest spot on the team's pregame radio show.
Many major companies had their ratings lowered last year, but generally only by small degrees.