come within an inch of

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come within an inch of someone or something

 and come within a hair('s breadth) of someone or something
to come very close to someone or something. The bullet came within an inch of Heather. The car came within a hair of the bus.
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come within an inch of doing something

to very nearly do something, especially something dangerous or exciting I came within an inch of losing my life on the rocks below.
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