hairbreadth

[ hair-bredth, -bretth ]
/ ˈhɛərˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ /

noun, adjective

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Origin of hairbreadth

1400–50; late Middle English heere brede; see hair, breadth

Definition for hairbreadth (2 of 2)

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.
Also hair's-breadth, hairbreadth.

Origin of hairsbreadth

First recorded in 1575–85
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