be, come, etc. within a whisker of something/of doing something

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be within a whisker of (something)

To be very close to getting, achieving, or experiencing something. She was within a whisker of the gold medal, but her leg cramped in the last few meters. Hundreds of people were within a whisker of death when their apartment building caught on fire in the middle of the night.
See also: of, whisker, within

come within a whisker of something

COMMON If you come within a whisker of doing something, you almost do it. He came within a whisker of scoring the most spectacular goal. Meanwhile, Guccione came within a whisker of losing his mansion. Note: You can also say that someone is within a whisker of doing something. The two firms are within a whisker of agreeing a deal. Yet Miller had been within a whisker of being sacked.

be, come, etc. within a whisker of something/of doing something

(British English) almost do something: They came within a whisker of being killed.
See also: of, something, whisker, within