Origin of hairbreadth
[hairz-bredth, -bretth, -breth]
- a very small space or distance: We escaped an accident by a hairsbreadth.
- extremely narrow or close.
Also hair's-breadth, hairbreadth.
Origin of hairsbreadth
First recorded in 1575–85
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Examples from the Web for hairbreadth
Is it a hairbreadth too short to cover the scratch for which you want it?
I had nearly forgotten what looked like a hairbreadth escape.Wild Animals at Home
Ernest Thompson Seton
Every day had its own romance, its hairbreadth escape, its thrilling adventure.A Handful of Stars
Frank W. Boreham
There would be plenty of excitement, plenty of hairbreadth escapes.
It was a ripe Durian which had fallen from an immense height and missed him by a hairbreadth.Blown to Bits
Word Origin and History for hairbreadth
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper