within an inch of
Definition of within an inch of
: almost to the point of (something) <She came within an inch of death/dying.> ◆If someone is within an inch of one's life then the person is nearly to the point of dying.
Word by Word Definitions
: a small amount, distance, or degree
: stature, height
: a fall (as of rain or snow) sufficient to cover a surface or to fill a gauge to the depth of one inch
: to move by small degrees : progress slowly
: to cause to move slowly
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