hair's-breadth


hair's-breadth
noun
a very small distance or space
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they escaped by a hair's-breadth

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they lost the election by a whisker

Syn: ↑hairsbreadth, ↑hair, ↑whisker

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • hair's breadth — n [singular] a very small amount or distance ▪ The bullet missed me by a hair s breadth …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Hair's breadth — Hairbreadth Hair breadth ( br[e^]dth), Hair s breadth Hair s breadth (h[^a]rz ). The diameter or breadth of a hair; a very small distance; sometimes, definitely, the forty eighth part of an inch. [Also spelled {hairsbreadth}.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hair's breadth — N SING: a N A hair s breadth is a very small degree or amount. The dollar fell to within a hair s breadth of its all time low... He did not swerve a hair s breadth from the decision he had made …   English dictionary

  • hair's breadth — UK / US noun [singular] the smallest possible distance, amount, or degree The car only missed us by a hair s breadth. We were a hair s breadth away from winning a fortune …   English dictionary

  • hair's-breadth — /ˈhɛəz brɛdθ / (say hairz bredth), / brɛtθ/ (say bretth) noun 1. a very small space or distance: *he had failed by a hair s breadth for a Rhodes scholarship –george johnston, 1964. –adjective 2. extremely narrow or close. –phrase 3. within a hair …   Australian English dictionary

  • hair's breadth —    a common informal unit of distance. Human hairs vary considerably in width, depending on age, color, genetics, and other factors. An average hair is approximately 70 to 100 micrometers (µm) in diameter, so, as a rough standard, a hair s… …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • hair's breadth — noun (singular) a very small amount or distance: The bullet missed me by a hair s breadth …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hair’s breadth —  , hairbreadth  Either is fine …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • ˈhair's ˌbreadth — noun [singular] the smallest possible distance, amount, or degree …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English