hairbreadth


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hair·breadth

 (hâr′brĕdth′)
adj.
Extremely close: a hairbreadth escape.
n.
Variant of hairsbreadth.

hairbreadth

(ˈhɛəˌbrɛdθ)
n
another word for hair's-breadth

hair•breadth

(ˈhɛərˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ)

also hairsbreadth



n.
1. a very small space or distance: to escape by a hairbreadth.
adj.
2. extremely narrow or close: a hairbreadth escape.
[1400–50]
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He become so small, we ourselves saw Miss Lucy, ere she was at peace, slip through a hairbreadth space at the tomb door.
Some of their braves, also, who have had numerous hairbreadth 'scapes, like the old Nez Perce chief in the battle of Pierre's Hole, are believed to wear a charmed life, and to be bullet-proof.
He had himself experienced their vindictive cruelty, and his story deserves particular citation, as showing the hairbreadth adventures to which these solitary rovers of the wilderness are exposed.
The Virginia reel, as performed on board the Quaker City, had more genuine reel about it than any reel I ever saw before, and was as full of interest to the spectator as it was full of desperate chances and hairbreadth escapes to the participant.
Although she had blunted her taste upon some form of philanthropy for twenty-five years, she had a fine natural instinct for an upstart or a pretender, and knew to a hairbreadth what literature should be and what it should not be.
Yet it was not the excitement of the fiction that I dreaded, for I consumed great numbers of narratives of travel, and was not in the least troubled by hairbreadth escapes, or shipwrecks, or perils from wild beasts or deadly serpents; it was the dramatic effect contrived by the playwright or novelist, and worked up to in the speech of his characters that I could not bear.
In short, these kind of hairbreadth missings of happiness look like the insults of Fortune, who may be considered as thus playing tricks with us, and wantonly diverting herself at our expense.
It was a strange way of killing: not by inches, but by fractions of hairbreadths, to beguile me with the spectre of a hope through eighteen years
The most powerful Cadillac of all time can shoot to within a hairbreadth of 200mph, yet it retains the sense of luxury on which the brand built its reputation.
The Construction Week Qatar Awards are past and while the dust settles and the industry looks ahead to the Awards next year and the winners decide where best to sit their trophy for maximum attention, let us not forget those who missed by a hairbreadth, the Highly Commended individuals and companies.
Despite her critical failure in 2008, Clinton still came within a hairbreadth of winning the nomination.
So America came within a hairbreadth of placing its entire national-security apparatus under the authority of a high-school dropout connected with organized crime, and today almost no Americans seem aware of that fact.