English translation: read them extremely thoroughly
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20:10 Apr 5, 2007
English to English translations [PRO] Poetry & Literature / phrase
English term or phrase:to within an inch of their lives
By the time the third film had come and gone, they had re-read the books to within an inch of their lives. (The Lord of the Rings - but that's not the point here)
Thank you all, I understand this was a bit controversial, perhaps the author did not use the phrase in a very clever way... anyway, this explanation fits the tex the most. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer