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!
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Senator Lorraine Higgins detailed how vile Facebook trolls had threatened to hack her face with a hatchet while party colleague TD Joanna Tuffy has been forced to shut her page after she was told she would be hung, burnt alive and beaten to within an inch of her life.
Her 50th novel, The Broken Man, is about a woman who has been beaten to within an inch of her life fleeing her violent husband, changing her name and going into hiding.
Mum Claire broke down as she watched footage of her daughter being beaten to within an inch of her life in the unprovoked attack.
And in March 2001, a 22-year-old woman, also from Dundee, was raped and beaten to within an inch of her life in the Spanish resort of Benidorm.
When a 13-year-old girl, turning tricks to support her heroin habit, is raped and beaten to within an inch of her life, Kincaid jumps through hoops to get the case treated with the severity it warrants.
A woman who removed her daughter's burkha after she suffered an asthma attack was beaten to within an inch of her life by the religious police.
She told how she was prepared to die rather than submit as she was beaten to within an inch of her life during the brutal attack on Spain's Costa Blanca.
Call girl Ann Fidler was beaten to within an inch of her life.