hairs-breadth

hairsbreadth

[hairz-bredth, -bretth, -breth]
noun
1.
a very small space or distance: We escaped an accident by a hairsbreadth.
adjective
2.
extremely narrow or close.
Also, hair's-breadth, hairbreadth.


Origin:
1575–85

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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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