Definition of (to) within an inch of one's life in English:

(to) within an inch of one's life

phrase

  • Almost to the point of death.

    ‘he was beaten within an inch of his life’
    • ‘Taxis aren't much better with drivers that leave you within an inch of your life.’
    • ‘If not, how about frightening said child within an inch of his life?’
    • ‘But we are appealing to all parents to rethink smacking for the sake of the small number of children whose parents or carers beat and thrash them within an inch of their life.’
    • ‘She battered him to within an inch of his life before passers-by rescued him.’
    • ‘Unable to understand his account of where he lived, the cops dropped him in the wrong part of town, where he was robbed and beaten to within an inch of his life.’
    • ‘She (the policewoman) came within an inch of her life and I regard her as fortunate at the end to survive.’
    • ‘Just for that, I'm going to email Fitz and tell him to beat you within an inch of your life with a wet noodle the next time he sees you..’
    • ‘Ideally, you would take your tormentor out to the car park and pistol-whip him within an inch of his life, but this is not always practical in an office environment.’
    • ‘No stripping to the waist and getting whipped to within an inch of my life?’
    • ‘And I'm not going to spare you, I'm going to pummel you within an inch of your life.’