Meaning of “come within an inch of sth” in the English Dictionary

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"come within an inch of sth" in British English

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come within an inch of sth

to very nearly do something, especially something dangerous or exciting:

I came within an inch of losing my life on the rocks below.

(Definition of “come within an inch of sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)