within a whisker of

within a whisker of something

close to something Yesterday, the price of oil came within a whisker of its all-time high. An asteroid came within a whisker of crashing into the earth.
See also: of, whisker, within
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The BNP came close to winning a by-election in Stoke, as four candidates finished within a whisker of each other.
The Dow Jones industrial average jumped more than 27 points Wednesday, bringing it within a whisker of its record 5,778 close on May 22 and nearly completing a recovery that wiped out its 6.