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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Car-jacked and beaten to within an inch of his life by the fabulously titled Scabrous Scrotus and his war boys, Max stumbles through the desert and is found by a hunchbacked scavenger called Chumbucket.
The shock felt by players and fans alike after supporter Nic Cruwys, a 44-year-old milkman, was beaten to within an inch of his life by pond life after the 2-2 draw at Wolves last month, became a galvanising force.
A DOG which was beaten to within an inch of his life and left for dead on a mountainside has made a miraculous recovery.
We should ask instead: How harshly should Ms Thomas be judged were she a black professional who, seeing yet another injustice like the video of Rodney King being beaten to within an inch of his life by white policemen, had said white Americans ought to "go home to Europe"?
ACHURCHGOER beaten to within an inch of his life last night revealed plans to sue his attacker.
After being beaten to within an inch of his life by Jay's thugs, Chris gets healthy, takes his revenge on the casino and its staff, and successfully runs for the job of town sheriff.
Her son Karl was beaten to within an inch of his life by Morris in 1996.
Rowdiness and excessive disputation may be less common now than when Charles Sumner was beaten to within an inch of his life by Preston Brooks on the floor of the Senate, but it was not too long ago that Rep.
Instead, Robert finds himself still confined to a hospital bed weeks later, after being beaten to within an inch of his life.
He was beaten to within an inch of his life by unknown assailants on September 25 in Union Street, Middlesbrough.
The shooting happened six months after Jeff was ambushed near his local club, St George's Catholic Institute in Bells Close, Lemington, and beaten to within an inch of his life with a baseball bat - the first attempt on his life by the would-be assassins.
A PENSIONER who was savagely beaten to within an inch of his life by four cowardly thugs has told how he has found happiness again.
Jeffrey Lowdon was shot four times at close range just months after he was beaten to within an inch of his life.