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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Eyebrows that have been plucked to within an inch of their life are the most noticeable.
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The mix of complete rubbish set against flashes of brilliance all edited within an inch of their life is great.
His summary was, "They are clearly smart, but are spit-polished within an inch of their life, and can be insular in their approach to committing capital.
Meanwhile, owners were busy wheeling their pets about, grooming them to within an inch of their life, scrubbing their teeth and giving them reassuring cuddles.