a hair's breadth

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.
See also: breadth

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.
See also: breadth

a hair's breadth

a very small amount or margin.
See also: breadth

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.
See also: breadth
References in classic literature ?
As if that money could add a hair's breadth to happiness or peace of mind.
Isis Brantley is a hair's breadth away from the end of her decades-long battle with the state to practice and teach African hair braiding in Texas, after a measure to deregulate the industry passed the Texas Senate on Wednesday and will head to Gov.
You have each escaped going to prison by a hair's breadth.
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.
Jeffrey Kimble, mounted a pair of extraordinarily reflective mirrors half a hair's breadth apart in a vacuum chamber.
Chair of the bench Melvin Marks said: 'The management of Spearmint Rhino should be fully aware that they came within a hair's breadth of losing their licence.
There's a hair's breadth between those who get enjoyment from looking at these pictures and those who make them.
Motorists barrelling along London's Westway, the iconic elevated motorway that snakes westward out of the metropolis, are probably familiar with the equally iconic Paddington Maintenance Depot, a Heroic Modernist confection of nautical curves and streamlining that docks within a hair's breadth of whizzing streams of cars.
After hearing about Mason's background, he said he was prepared to suspend the prison term for two years, telling him: "You came within a hair's breadth of going down".