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hair's breadth

A very small amount or short length. After wandering around the forest for an hour thinking we were lost, it turned out that we were only a hair's breadth away from our campsite. The seal is air-tight—there's not a hair's breadth between the door and the frame.
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a hair's breadth

1. You use a hair's breadth to talk about the smallest possible amount or degree of something. The town suffered heavy bombing, coming within a hair's breadth of being destroyed altogether. He missed the two-minute barrier by a hair's breadth, finishing in 2.00.04 and setting a new British record. The situation was a hair's breadth away from being comical.
2. You use a hair's breadth to talk about the smallest possible distance. A stone flew past him, missing him by a hair's breadth. His head was a hair's breadth away from the car roof.
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a hair's breadth

a very small amount or margin.
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a ˈhair’s breadth

a very small distance or amount: He escaped death by a hair’s breadth. If the other car had been going any faster, he would certainly have been killed.She was within a hair’s breadth of winning.
Breadth means width.
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There was a hair's breadth between the duo at the end of Q2, but come the conclusion to the top-10 shoot-out, Vettel blew everybody away.
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The Thandis can be made to build the hotel right down to a hair's breadth and that is what the public want and that is what the council is paid to do.
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I want you to leave this courtroom knowing you have come within a hair's breadth of prison.
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All he knew on the international stage, where he won 75 caps, was the pain of failing by a hair's breadth to qualify for three major finals.
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That proximity, of the disk is another indicator that the black hole is a whirling dervish, spinning so rapidly that outside material can orbit within a hair's breadth of ultimate doom.
Meyer's description of the lovers' emotions is palpable, and readers will be drawn into the couple's spiraling dance, feeling the intense longing that comes from being a hair's breadth away from the thing you want most in the world.
Animators then step back in to readjust a puppet's expression another hair's breadth, and the process is repeated.
1m [pounds sterling] distributed to directors in November 2002 in return for renegotiating their contracts, White came within a hair's breadth of the really big bucks in 2003 when Musgrave came knocking on his door.
And it's only a hair's breadth of logic away in a mind that accepts this, that the rational response to Haddon's question is, you be a good parent by killing your kids.
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