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hairsbreadth

[hairz-bredth, -bretth, -breth] /ˈhɛərzˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ, -ˌbrɛθ/
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 of hairsbreadth
1575-1585
1575-85
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  • His actions were a hairsbreadth away from being insulting.
  • Come see computers in control of metal cutting, and marvel at machines that make a hairsbreadth sound crude.

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