within an inch of one's life
- To a point where one is at great risk of death or (figuratively) severe danger or trouble.
- Almost as much as possible; to an extreme extent.
- 2000, Dana Stabenow, Midnight Come Again, →ISBN, page 77:
- Every drawer had the names of the tools inside written on the front. There were also several parts lockers; they too were labeled and organized "within an inch of their lives."