beat (one) to within an inch of (one's) life

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beat (one) to within an inch of (one's) life

To deliver a very violent and prolonged physical attack. This phrase can be used both literally and hyperbolically. Our neighbor is in the hospital because a burglar beat him to within an inch of his life. I'm worried that the captain of the football team will beat me to within an inch of my life if he finds out that I'm secretly seeing his girlfriend. If you ever scare me like that again, I'll beat you to within an inch of your life, I swear!
See also: beat, inch, life, of, within
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Devious Penn is throwing accusations around about one of the Bay's oldest residents this week, as he tells Sid it was Alf who beat him to within an inch of his life.
Guards have encouraged other prisoners to beat him to within an inch of his life.
Cops believe a vigilante gang pulled Harry from a car, battered him and dragged him down a dim back street where they crucified him with six inch nails and beat him to within an inch of his life.