[ hairz-bredth, -bretth, -breth ]
/ ˈhɛərzˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ, -ˌbrɛθ /
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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British Dictionary definitions for hair's-breadth
- a very short or imperceptible margin or distance
- (as modifier)a hair's-breadth escape
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