hair's-breadth


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hairs·breadth

or hair's-breadth  (hârz′brĕdth′) also hair·breadth (hâr′-)
n.
A small space, distance, or margin: won by a hairsbreadth.
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hair's-breadth

n
a. a very short or imperceptible margin or distance
b. (as modifier): a hair's-breadth escape.
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Noun1.hair's-breadth - a very small distance or space; "they escaped by a hair's-breadth"; "they lost the election by a whisker"
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
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hair's-breadth

[ˈhɛəzˌbrɛtθ] n by a hair's breadthper un pelo
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References in classic literature ?
She knew how to hit to a hair's-breadth that moment of evening when the light and the darkness are so evenly balanced that the constraint of day and the suspense of night neutralize each other, leaving absolute mental liberty.
But he only grew very red, and then--no, I am not departing by a hair's-breadth from the truth--it is true-- that he took this unworthy hand in his, and shook it!
Genevieve had noticed, with a slight touch of amusement, the curious way in which Joe snuggled his body in against Ponta's in the clinches; but she had not realized why, until, in one such clinch, before the snuggling in could be effected, Ponta's fist whipped straight up in the air from under, and missed Joe's chin by a hair's-breadth. In another and later clinch, when she had already relaxed and sighed her relief at seeing him safely snuggled, Ponta, his chin over Joe's shoulder, lifted his right arm and struck a terrible downward blow on the small of the back.
So shrewd was the stroke that the stranger came within a hair's-breadth of falling off the bridge, but he regained himself right quickly and, by a dexterous blow, gave Robin a crack on the crown that caused the blood to flow.
But those who really know the truth, About these kids described above, Hair's-breadth away from genius, Insisting that they're full with love.
The razor-thin election result in Austria's presidential race on May 22 was heralded by EU politicians and the establishment media worldwide as a hair's-breadth "escape" from a "far-right" takeover.
I felt we came within a hair's-breadth of crossing the line."
Take "That Championship Season." The revival opened in March to largely downbeat reviews, but an ensemble of well-known thesps helped it overcome the bad press to achieve a hair's-breadth recoupment of its $2.75 million capitalization.
He still needed support from the lower order, though - and it duly came from Tim Bresnan, whose survival on ten by a hair's-breadth third-umpire run-out decision early in a match-clinching stand of 71, was an apt indicator of a closelyfought series opener.
Instead the honour goes to his colleague Martin Hughes-Games, who says: "Many of the animals are just a hair's-breadth from extinction and sometimes the hopes of an entire species is concentrated in a few tiny, vulnerable babies."