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short head

(horse racing) a distance shorter than the length of a horse's head
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  • The bride was ten minutes late, and we beat her by a short head.

    Berry And Co. Dornford Yates
  • They had triumphed (by a short head, so to speak), or said they had.

  • It was a race for the points, and the man aboard the inspection car won by a short head.

    The Hero of Panama

    F. S. Brereton
  • Tobacco Trust was beaten by a short head, as of course you know, but Onlooker is a dead certainty for to-morrow.

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson
  • He was a winner by a short head as they passed the post, and old John Farrier could not hide his satisfaction.

    Aladdin of London

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • The body of a darter is compact and spindle-shaped, gradually tapering from the short head to a narrow tail.

  • The favorite got up in the last stride an pipped the outsider by a short head, eh, what?

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • The swimmer did so by a short head, and as he clambered over the side the animal's teeth closed upon the gunwale.

    Captured at Tripoli Percy F. Westerman
  • In a few hours the wind hauled into the north-east, and a short head sea rendered the ship exceedingly uneasy.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • How jolly it was that night when I ran straight into a Chronicle man, and got a lead of him by a short head over the same curse!

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson

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