within an inch of your life

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.
See also: inch, life, of, within

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.
See also: inch, life, of, within
References in classic literature ?
Yes, I'll flog you within an inch of your life, and spare you that.
Prepare to be plundered to within an inch of your life, CD:UK.
They can walk into your house and batter you to within an inch of your life or kill you and they get a couple of years suspended sentence.
THERE are several excellent restaurants in the Vale but when you have gardened to within an inch of your life and want a cosy informal meal or an impromptu get-together with friends, then my vote is for the Red Fox at Penllyn.
SOCCER Saturday's Jeff Stelling going all Basil Fawlty as the scores failed to come in: "I'm warning you, videprinter, if you don't get your act together I'm going to thrash you to within an inch of your life.