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hairsbreadth

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

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

adjective

extremely narrow or close.

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Also hair's-breadth, hairbreadth.

Origin of hairsbreadth

First recorded in 1575–85
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British Dictionary definitions for hairsbreadth

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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