come within an inch of (something)

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come within an inch of (something)

To almost get, achieve, or experience something. She came within an inch of the gold medal, but her leg cramped in the last few meters. Hundreds of people came within an ace of death when their apartment building caught on fire in the middle of the night.
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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

If you come within an inch of doing something, you very nearly do it. The company came within an inch of going bankrupt. Note: You can also say that you are within an inch of doing something. She had been within an inch of rejecting the idea altogether.
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In terms of the competition it out performs a similarly-powered Audi A4, comes close to matching a BMW 320 and although both of those deliver better fuel consumption figures neither comes within an inch of matching the same distinctive feel as the Jaguar.
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Take a giant step forward and bend down with your back erect, until the knee comes within an inch of touching the floor.