Definition of within an inch of in US English:

within an inch of

phrase

  • Very close to.

    ‘her mouth was within an inch of his chin’
    • ‘A teenager came within an inch of losing an eye after he was blasted in the face by an airgun thug.’
    • ‘Even if they weren't, their performance last year, when they came within an inch of beating Caltra in the Connacht final, suggested that they were contenders.’
    • ‘Every chip would drop within an inch of the other.’
    • ‘The camera drops to within an inch of the macadam so that our brains, too, can get a good rattle, as Jason and Marie's car seems to race straight out of the screen.’
    • ‘Or more accurately for me, within an inch of the toilet bowl.’
    • ‘Because the computer ‘camera’ occupies no space in this virtual reality, objects like bubbles can pass within an inch of your cheek.’
    • ‘Over-civilization and barbarism are within an inch of each other…’
    • ‘The first designer flats and homes appeared near to City's home some years ago, and soon enough, miracles aside, they will march all over the turf, no doubt packed in to within an inch of what is allowed.’
    • ‘I hadn't realised how close he was and consequently find myself within an inch of his mouth if I tilt my head upwards.’
    • ‘Her clothing was caught in the vehicle and a wheel came within an inch of her before she was thrown clear, said Tom Storey, prosecuting.’