win by a nose
Also, win by a whisker. Just barely succeed, as in Sally's political cartoon came in first in the contest, but I heard that she won by a nose. This term comes from horseracing, where from about 1900 on it referred to a finish so close that only a portion of the horse's nose reached the finish ahead of the second horse. A whisker—that is, a hair—is a narrower margin yet. [Second half of 1900s]
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I will turn my nose up when you offer me the rest of some delicious pastry that you nibbled on.
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All along the highways and by-paths of our literature we encounter much that pertains to this "queen of plants."
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His nose was hooked and rather large, his eyes were blue, bright as steel, and set a trifle wide.
He felt himself the meanest, vilest thing a-crawl upon this sinful earth, and she—dear God!