within an inch of (one's) life

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within an inch of (one's) life

Almost entirely. Our neighbor is in the hospital because a burglar beat him to within an inch of his life. The sudden blaring of the alarm scared me within an inch of my 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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to within an inch of your life

1. If someone beats another person to within an inch of their life, they beat them very severely. His fists were clenched as if he were going to beat Smythe to within an inch of his life.
2. You can use to within an inch of their life or within an inch of their life after a verb to say that someone does something to an extreme degree. Can a classic car that has been restored to within an inch of its life still be described as original? You can see them shopping in London stores, groomed within an inch of their lives, with their best sides ready for any passing press photographer.
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within an inch of your life

almost to the point of death.
1997 Marian Keyes Rachel's Holiday He kept touching his hair, which, as well as being dyed to within an inch of its life, was blowdried, flicked and rigid with spray.
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Catrin Aaron has a wonderfully menacing undertone as the nameless, enigmatic manager who's groomed to within an inch of her life, with her bright pink talons, smart suit and vertiginous heels.
Both men are then said to have beat her to within an inch of her life and, thinking she was dead, covered her body with palm tree branches.
Someone like her could not make a move without planning it within an inch of her life.
it may seem that justice has been served, how can it be called "life" when the three scumbags who left innocent Thusha Kamaleswaran within an inch of her life will be in their thirties on release?
While I was sat in our living room in my pyjamas, sans makeup, hair piled on top of head, there on the screen in front of me was one of my classmates from my journalism course, nodding sagely behind Mr Cowell himself and glammed up within an inch of her life.
This year, styled to within an inch of her life, her words felt scripted and sickly.
A MIDLAND knifeman tried to murder his ex-partner in a "slashing frenzy" which left her within an inch of her life.
STARVED to within an inch of her life, neglected pooch Candy is lucky to be alive.
Usually styled within an inch of her life, the mum-of-of-three clearly hadn't noticed how dodgy her legs were looking.
The Sunday Mirror has offered a pounds 10,000 reward to help catch the scumbags who tricked their way into Annie's home in Bow, East London, and then proceeded to beat her within an inch of her life.
Even Sarah Jessica Parker, usually groomed to within an inch of her life, came close to a wardrobe malfunction last night.
Bear in mind that Jennifer is an Oscar winner and was no doubt styled to within an inch of her life for this debacle, and someone has a lot to answer for.
It is the appalling beating of an 89-year-old woman - literally to within an inch of her life - that really gets my goat.
Twisted McDonald, 33, committed unspeakable horrors as he battered Michelle Kerr to within an inch of her life.
Call girl Ann Fidler was beaten to within an inch of her life.