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Related to hairsbreadth: hairbreadth, a hair's breadth


or hair's-breadth  (hârz′brĕdth′) also hair·breadth (hâr′-)
A small space, distance, or margin: won by a hairsbreadth.


(ˈhɛərˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ)

also hairsbreadth

1. a very small space or distance: to escape by a hairbreadth.
2. extremely narrow or close: a hairbreadth escape.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hairsbreadth - a very small distance or space; "they escaped by a hair's-breadth"; "they lost the election by a whisker"
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
References in classic literature ?
And now Gilbert of the White Hand led the shooting, and 'twas only by the space of a hairsbreadth upon the line that Tepus tied his score.
The English had their moment at the beginning of the 19th century, when we came within a hairsbreadth of republicanism and possibly an early form of communism.
We are balanced upon a hairsbreadth of history, between two tipping points.
While Donum vitae stopped short of declaring the embryo to be a human person, Dignitas personae stops only a hairsbreadth from doing so.
The good-looking son of Kahyasi likes Cheltenham - he was fourth in the Supreme Novices' and pipped by a hairsbreadth in last year's Arkle Chase - and is still on course for a third visit despite the minor problems that have kept him on the sidelines this winter.
John Barrowman, Larbert, said: "The same players who were a hairsbreadth away from making the World Cup and the European Championship under Walter Smith and Alex McLeish are now struggling.
ahead by a hairsbreadth," Fear and Trembling, trans.
An unlikely series of madcap voyages and hairsbreadth escapes force upon the unwitting hero of "Adventure" the realization that his singular destiny eludes characterization.
The president of the Royal Horticultural Society even went so far as to tell me I was only a hairsbreadth away from having the best stand in the show.
But in the mid-nineties, after more hairsbreadth rescues than the Perils of Pauline, Ice Capades finally went down for the final time-a victim perhaps of the decline overall of "wholesome, good-for-the-whole-family" entertainment.
Previous comets, so-called sungrazers, which follow orbits that carry them to within an astronomical hairsbreadth of the Sun, have appeared bright in EUV images as they raced through the Sun's atmosphere and skimmed its scorching surface.
In the Brahms finale they surged and carolled threatening to overwhelm the formal constraints but were held back by a hairsbreadth.