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Prepositional phraseEdit

within an inch of one's life

  1. To a point where one is at great risk of death or (figuratively) severe danger or trouble.
  2. 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."