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Related to hairbreadth: hair's breadth, hairsbreadth


Extremely close: a hairbreadth escape.
Variant of hairsbreadth.


another word for hair's-breadth


(ˈhɛərˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ)

also hairsbreadth

1. a very small space or distance: to escape by a hairbreadth.
2. extremely narrow or close: a hairbreadth escape.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
He become so small, we ourselves saw Miss Lucy, ere she was at peace, slip through a hairbreadth space at the tomb door.
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.
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!'
All the books that come within any hairbreadth of possession have been perused, some repeatedly, with powers of retention often dazzlingly displayed at writers' workshops, where he cites this and that author or title, quoting lines across centuries.
KARACHI -- Paksar Zameen Party (PSP) senior leader and general secretary Mir Attiq Talpur has made hairbreadth escape from life attempt in Defence Housing Authority (DHA).
An injury-depleted Forth Valley Orienteers came within a hairbreadth of regaining the Compass Sport Cup on a dramatic day of racing in the English Midlands.
The voice initiates a hushed divulgence as it touches the word minamahal, and with a restraint that could only come from innate vocal discipline, the voice goes up and hints a hairbreadth of sigh before it reaches the eternal declaration iniibig.