Skin of the teeth

nothing, or next to nothing; the least possible hold or advantage.

See also: Skin

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Palios the pragmatist would doubtless settle for an 11th hour deliverance by the skin of the teeth again this time, even if it means a few more weeks of pressure and nail chewing.
Munro's recently published work of fiction, By the Skin of the Teeth, with a painting by him illustrating the front cover, I wanted to like the book.
Sorry to say, though, I don't find Skin of the Teeth as powerful a book as does Goulding and I can't agree with the great reviews of it that I have seen published on the Web.