come within a whisker of

come within a whisker of something/doing something

if you come within a whisker of doing something, you almost do it or it almost happens to you He came within a whisker of beating the world champion. Several times on his trek through the jungle he came within a whisker of death.
See also: come, of, whisker, within
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The Scoop6 has come within a whisker of being won for the last two weeks, with punters coming agonisingly close only to see their lines coming unstuck on the elusive sixth leg.