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hairsbreadth

[hairz-bredth, -bretth, -breth]
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noun
  1. a very small space or distance: We escaped an accident by a hairsbreadth.
adjective
  1. extremely narrow or close.
Also hair's-breadth, hairbreadth.

Origin of hairsbreadth

First recorded in 1575–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • Not by a hairsbreadth has all that has passed in the interval lowered you in my eyes.

    When We Dead Awaken

    Henrik Ibsen

  • I think, mamma, I never depart a hairsbreadth from your will.

    The Storm

    Aleksandr Nicolaevich Ostrovsky

  • You heard my terms, and nothing that you can urge will move me a hairsbreadth from them.

    The Impostor

    Harold Bindloss

  • He was more than once within a hairsbreadth of death but at length he was brought by his master, Kakinathucca, to his home.

  • It was a fit ending to the first stage of Canadian history—a hopeless venture, a confession of weakness, a hairsbreadth escape.