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by a hair's breadth

By an extremely short distance or slim margin of time. They're just about to close the gates! It looks like we made the flight by a hair's breadth. The race was neck and neck till the very end, but Sally won it by a hair's breadth.
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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.
See also: breadth

the length and breadth of (something)

The entire space or area of something or some place; everywhere in a place or area. The coach made me run the length and breadth of the field for the rest of practice for cursing at him. We're spending three months traveling the length and breadth of the East Coast this summer. I searched the length and breadth of the house, but I couldn't find my keys anywhere.
See also: and, breadth, length, of

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

the length and breadth of something

COMMON If someone does something or something happens the length and breadth of a place, it is done or happens everywhere in that place. The group built their reputation by playing shows across the length and breadth of North America. She has travelled the length and breadth of Britain.
See also: and, breadth, length, of, something

a hair's breadth

a very small amount or margin.
See also: breadth

the length and breadth of

throughout the whole of (a place).
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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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the length and ˈbreadth of something

everywhere in an area: I’ve travelled the length and breadth of Europe, but I’ve never seen such beautiful scenery as here.
See also: and, breadth, length, of, something
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Hand breadth was calculated by measuring the distance between the metacarpophalangeal joints of second and fifth fingers.[11,18]
If the cumulative breadth returns to higher highs or new all-time highs, then the divergence is nullified and the upward trend of the market may remain intact.
So the conventional wisdom about the number of countries being the key factor isn't true if those countries aren't providing a breadth of experience.
Otolith length (OL), breadth (OB) and weight (OW) were measured from each specimen nearest 0.001mm and 0.0001g, respectively.
In research on lexical pedagogy, however, two dimensions of lexical repertoire, breadth versus depth of word knowledge, have been distinguished (Nassaji; Nation; Qian, 1999; Read; Wesche & Paribakht, 1996).
External breadth: A firm can expand production faster than the average.
While students can participate in UHC in identifiable ways (coursework, advising, intellectual community, and a bachelor of philosophy degree), the overall mission of UHC is to promote extra breadth and depth in undergraduate education and to help those inclined toward such goals find each other.
Breadth of office holding and opportunism prove to be an asset in garnering electoral votes (p.
Additionally, we express a characterization in the case of constant breadth.
Since the breadth of patent protection is determined, to a large extent, by the innovator through the claims that she makes in the patent application, the innovator can affect, through her patent breadth decision, whether the patent will be challenged and the outcome of the challenge.
However, despite a positive outcome, market breadth was negative, a reflection that market investors stayed on the sidelines.
Various cooking quality traits like alkali digestion value (Little et al., 1958), gel consistency (Cagampang et al., 1973), amylose content (Sowbhagya and Bhattacharya, 1971), kernel length, kernel breadth, cooked kernel length, cooked kernel breadth, kernel elongation ratio (Azees and Shafi, 1966) and aroma were also determined (Juliano and Perez, 1984).
As the company moves more of its technology infrastructure to AWS, it will aim to develop new cloud-based business applications that leverage the breadth and depth of AWS's services, as well as its unparalleled reliability, agility, and scalability.
Fitch believes TI's large breadth of catalogue products sold through distribution partners, for which TI uses a consignment inventory model that enables tighter channel inventories and more even front-end production utilization rates, diversifies operating results.
Having noted and illustrated the difference between the verb breathe and the noun breath, it becomes important for us to also note the difference between breadth and breath, both of which are nouns.