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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.
On Purim, we read about the near genocide of the Persian Jews by Haman; on Passover, we will celebrate the Israelites' hairsbreadth escape from the Egyptian army at the Red Sea.
Korman's second volume in his Masterminds series is a true page-turner, as hairsbreadth escapes and cinematic chase sequences follow each other in swift succession, leaving the reader breathless.
The hymn 'For Those in Peril on the Sea' works on the assumption that everyone afloat is either in peril already, or a hairsbreadth from it.
What it lacked in character, however, "Jurassic Park" more than made up for in ingenious booby traps and hairsbreadth escapes, several of which now rank among the iconic moments in modern action-fantasy cinema.
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.
JawharThe Saudi government's decision granting foreign mothers of Saudi children more rights still falls short of providing full citizenship, but it's a cause for celebration and brings foreign women within a hairsbreadth of the rights that Saudis enjoy today.
Chris Morash in his study of Irish theatre notes that the beginning scenes of the fictional narrative are reminiscent of theatrical melodramas that focus on Irish rebellions: "The opening sequences use cinematic versions of three subgenres of the 1798 play: the Wolfe Tone play (with its obligatory scenes involving Napoleon); the Michael Dwyer play, which is composed of a series of hairsbreadth escapes from the Yeomanry; and the Robert Emmet play, with its tragic love thwarted by 'the most infamous of things--the Informer.
After coming within a hairsbreadth of getting through the "blind audition" in the last series with her rendition of Adele's Someone Like You on the hit BBC1 programme The Voice, Alys is now determined to do better.
Sneddon, after a terrific fourlap battle with Tully, won heat 12 by a hairsbreadth to maintain Newcastle's nine-point advantage.