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INCH. From the Latin uncia. A measure of length, containing one-twelfth part of a foot.

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Nureyev was indiscriminately cheered within an inch of his life.
Because the computer "camera" occupies no space in this virtual reality, objects like bubbles can pass within an inch of your cheek.
Needing an eagle to force a play-off, he found himself bunkered off the tee, could only just clear the water with his second, and then watched as his 150-yard approach dropped over the pin and spun back to within an inch of the hole.
Besides that, Amazon plans to cross-promote auction items to within an inch of their lives.
Everything except the large, costly appliances, gets cleaned within an inch of its life.
Rowdiness and excessive disputation may be less common now than when Charles Sumner was beaten to within an inch of his life by Preston Brooks on the floor of the Senate, but it was not too long ago that Rep.
SOCCER Saturday's Jeff Stelling going all Basil Fawlty as the scores failed to come in: "I'm warning you, videprinter, if you don't get your act together I'm going to thrash you to within an inch of your life.
ANOTHER week, another corporate whizz kid dragged before bloodthirsty MPs to be kicked within an inch of his very comfortable life.
Devious Penn is throwing accusations around about one of the Bay's oldest residents this week, as he tells Sid it was Alf who beat him to within an inch of his life.
A strong cast, headed by JodieWhittaker, make the most of a cracking script and comedianKevin Bishopworks amullet/mustache combo to within an inch of its life.
A well-heeled sheikh has just taken a perfectly gorgeous Ferrari 599 and had its aluminium body polished to within an inch of its life.