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be saved by a hair('s breadth)

To manage to narrowly avoid something, thanks to someone or something's help. Yeah, the vicious dog was chasing me, but I was saved by a hair when Jason pulled me up over the fence at the last second. My client was saved by a hair's breadth when some overlooked piece of evidence turned up at the last moment and exonerated him.
See also: by, save

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.
See also: breadth, by

come within a hair of (someone or something)

To very nearly obtain, achieve, or experience something. She came within a hair of the gold medal, but her leg cramped in the last few meters. Hundreds of people came within a hair of death when their apartment building caught on fire in the middle of the night.
See also: come, hair, of, within

come within a hair's breadth of (someone or something)

To very nearly obtain, achieve, or experience something. She came within a hair's breadth of the gold medal, but her leg cramped in the last few meters. Hundreds of people came within a hair's breadth of death when their apartment building caught on fire in the middle of the night.
See also: breadth, come, of, within

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

saved by a hair('s breadth)

Very narrowly rescued from some danger, mishap, or misfortune. Yeah, the vicious dog was chasing me, but I was saved by a hair when Jason pulled me up over the fence at the last second. The defendant found himself saved by a hair's breadth when some overlooked piece of evidence turned up at the last moment and exonerated him.
See also: by, save

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

win by a hair's breadth

To win (something) by an extremely short distance or slim margin. A noun or pronoun can be used between "win" and "by." The underdogs won by a hair's breadth, with a last-minute field goal pushing them ahead 21–20. The race was neck and neck till the very end, but Sally won it by a hair's breadth.
See also: breadth, by, win

win by a landslide

To win (something) by a very large and decisive margin. A noun or pronoun can be used between "win" and "by." Everyone thought it would be a close game, but with a 45-point lead heading into the last two minutes, it looks like the underdogs are going to win it by a landslide. Her candidacy seemed like a long shot from the very beginning, but she kept growing in popularity leading up to the election and ended up winning by a landslide.
See also: by, landslide, win

win by a mile

To win (something) by a very large distance or wide margin. A noun or pronoun can be used between "win" and "by." Everyone thought it would be a close game, but with a 45-point lead heading into the last two minutes, it looks like the underdogs are going to win it by a mile. Her candidacy seemed like a long shot from the very beginning, but she kept growing in popularity leading up to the election and ended up winning by a mile.
See also: by, mile, win

win fair and square

To win (something) completely fairly, without any unfair, unscrupulous, or illegal means. No, we're not doing a rematch—I won that round fair and square! The governor-elect has commissioned an official audit of the election to prove that she won fair and square.
See also: and, fair, square, win

within a hair's breadth of (something)

Extremely close to doing, achieving, or obtaining something, typically having failed by a very narrow margin. I came within a hair's breadth of winning that race, but I guess I'll have to settle for second place. They were within a hair's breadth of defeat when the quarterback threw a Hail Mary for a last-second touchdown. Crude oil prices came within a hair's breadth of $80 a barrel on Friday, threatening to plunge markets around the globe further into recession.
See also: breadth, of, within
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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.
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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a hair's breadth

a very small amount or margin.
See also: breadth

the length and breadth of

throughout the whole of (a place).
See also: and, breadth, length, of
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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.
See also: breadth

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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(b) For r [member of] [[rho].sub.2](0, 0), k([theta])), there exist asymmetric patent race equilibria with patent breadths in the neighborhood of the symmetric equilibrium.
Part (b) establishes that, in the interior of regions B and C of Figure 5, patent breadths can be different but must be sufficiently close to each other in order to be sustainable as asymmetric equilibria.
which is the difference between the payoff to the home country when firms are indifferent between engaging and not engaging in R&D with patent breadths (x,y) and the home country's payoff if it deviates to (0, y).
The large and small calipers were also used for the measurements of breadths of shoulder, pelvis, chest, elbow, and knee.
Table 4: Lengths and Breadths Measures of the Malaysian and Pakistani Cricketers
The Pakistani under-19 cricketers were higher than Malaysian under-19 cricketers in shoulder breadths, t = 4.343, P <.000, pelvis breadth t = 4.595, P <.000, chest breadth t = 3.150, P <.003, humerus breadth t = 4.051, P <.000.
As a result, predictive regression equations were computed to estimate stature from foot and hand lengths and breadths. This would be useful in cases where stature cannot be measured in the living subjects.
Materials and Methods: Measurements of body weight, stature, foot length and breadth as well as hand length and breadth were taken from 400 randomly selected students in Al Baha University aged 19-22 years (290 male and 110 female).
KEY WORDS: Stature estimation, foot length and breadth, hand length and breadth, Anthropometry
The length, breadth and weight of otoliths of each specimen were measured which were respectively 1.48-2.86 mm, 1.02-2.43 mm and 0.0005-0.002 g.
Otolith length (OL), breadth (OB) and weight (OW) were measured from each specimen nearest 0.001mm and 0.0001g, respectively.
Total length-otolith length (A), total length-otolith breadth (B), otolith length-otolith bread (C) and total weight-otolith weight relationship in Alburnus heckeli.
We measured the breadth (width) and the depth (protrusion) of the incisor arcade of moose, age was determined by counting cementum annuli of incisors.
Keywords: Alaskan moose, Alces alces gigas, body mass, growth, incisor breadth, incisor depth, morphology, resource partitioning, sexual dimorphism, sexual segregation
Illius and Gordon (1987) further postulated that the differential scaling of incisor breadth and metabolic requirements in relation to body mass might be a cause of spatial segregation in grazing ungulates.