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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hairsbreadth

noun
a very small distance or space; "they escaped by a hair's-breadth"; "they lost the election by a whisker" [syn: hair's-breadth
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Example sentences
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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