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a shade

A little bit; slightly: a sprinter who was a shade quicker that the rest.
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When Michael Ivanovich returned to the study with the letter, the old prince, with spectacles on and a shade over his eyes, was sitting at his open bureau with screened candles, holding a paper in his outstretched hand, and in a somewhat dramatic attitude was reading his manuscript- his "Remarks" as he termed it- which was to be transmitted to the Emperor after his death.
Asked for reasons, I had none to give and fancied I saw in her expression a shade of contempt for the vagaries of a jealous mind.
Hooper's eyes were so weakened by the midnight lamp, as to require a shade.
It's splendid as exercise, only you'll hardly be able to stand it," said Sergey Ivanovitch, without a shade of irony.
SAN DIEGO - Right-hander Eric Gagne was a shade more than 3 years old when Rickey Henderson scored his first major-league run June 27, 1979.
They can be made up in single, bifocal or varifocal lenses and you can even select the lens colour from a shade card.