within an inch of life


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within an inch of one's life

Fig. very close to losing one's life; almost to death. The accident frightened me within an inch of my life. When Mary was seriously ill in the hospital, she came within an inch of her life.
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within an inch of your/its life

nearly completely Caroline hoped the information she had would frighten Mr. Mott within an inch of his life.
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