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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References in classic literature ?
Why, sir, if my father had been plunged in such deplorable circumstances, I should have thrashed the editor of that vile sheet within an inch of his life.
He could have beaten the biggest man in the hall within an inch of his life in three minutes.
In that case he must pay heavily for his misconduct, and be thrashed within an inch of his life.
He was imprisoned in fortresses, beaten within an inch of his life, and condemned to work in mines, with common criminals.
This had terrified the Home Secretary within an inch of his life, on several occasions.
Considering Pete beat him to within an inch of his life, Ross is being awfully nice.
Now that Steph's stolen trinket has found its way into the Barlow abode and Rob has been grilled by the cops to within an inch of his life, the focus turns to Peter.
Tanned, groomed and cosmetically assisted to within an inch of his life, he keeps company with an ageing groupie gang of (so we are told) ex-lovers, one of whom screamed when she heard the pregnancy rumour.
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.
A MAN beaten within an inch of his life in prison has undertaken a seven-day charity walk across North Wales to raise vital cash for the people that saved him.
A guy could be in the Speedos and be ripped to within an inch of his life and I don't think I'd look again," the Daily Star quoted her as telling north-west radio station Key 103.
The opening episode saw Bob Hoskins battered to within an inch of his life in gruesome, graphic detail.
Once Steve is strung up with barbed wire and stabbed repeatedly to within an inch of his life, Watkins's script relinquishes its grasp on reality.
Nureyev was indiscriminately cheered within an inch of his life.
JESSE leaves Alex to fight his own battles, but teaches Jason a lesson he'llnever forget,catchinghim unawares and beating him to within an inch of his life.