hairsbreadth

[ hairz-bredth, -bretth, -breth ]
/ ˈhɛərzˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ, -ˌbrɛθ /

noun

a very small space or distance: We escaped an accident by a hairsbreadth.

adjective

extremely narrow or close.

Nearby words

  1. hairline,
  2. hairline fracture,
  3. hairnet,
  4. hairpiece,
  5. hairpin,
  6. hairsplitting,
  7. hairspray,
  8. hairspring,
  9. hairstreak,
  10. hairstyle

Also hair's-breadth, hairbreadth.

Origin of hairsbreadth

First recorded in 1575–85

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British Dictionary definitions for hair's-breadth

hair's-breadth

noun

  1. a very short or imperceptible margin or distance
  2. (as modifier)a hair's-breadth escape
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