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worse for wear. = did not look well. She was suffering the effects of something.
groomed to within an inch of her life self. = When she arrived she was extremely well dressed and made-up, even more than her usual elegance. This is journalistic writing of a fairly low grade style.
Last edited by Anglika; 03-Sep-2008 at 14:24.
The post was:
Elizabeth Hurley has perfected the art of red carpet glamour.
But even she succumbed to the lure of the free bar at last night's star-studded GQ Men of the Year awards and left the event looking uncharacteristically worse for wear.
The 43-year-old former actress arrived earlier looking her usual groomed to within an inch of her life self.
As to the second one, it should be read as ["groomed-to-within-an-inch-of-her-life"] self.
She is normally exceedingly well turned-out for these events.