within an inch of


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Related to within an inch of: within an inch of life

within an ˈinch of something/of doing something

very near/close to something/to doing something: I came within an inch of death in that car accident.They came within an inch of winning the match.They beat him within an inch of his life (= very severely).
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within an inch of

Almost to the point of: came within an inch of death.
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The ladder worked great, holding the drywall within an inch of the joists.
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