- a very small space or distance: We escaped an accident by a hairsbreadth.
- extremely narrow or close.
Origin of hairsbreadth
Related Words for hairsbreadthbreadth, trace, whiff, whisper, hair, fraction, touch, tinge, hairsbreadth, bit, jot, hairbreadth
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Historical Examples of hairsbreadth
Not by a hairsbreadth has all that has passed in the interval lowered you in my eyes.When We Dead Awaken
I think, mamma, I never depart a hairsbreadth from your will.The Storm
Aleksandr Nicolaevich Ostrovsky
You heard my terms, and nothing that you can urge will move me a hairsbreadth from them.The Impostor
He was more than once within a hairsbreadth of death but at length he was brought by his master, Kakinathucca, to his home.
It was a fit ending to the first stage of Canadian history—a hopeless venture, a confession of weakness, a hairsbreadth escape.A Historical Geography of the British Colonies
Charles Prestwood Lucas