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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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a hair's breadth

a very small amount or margin.
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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.
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KEY WORDS: Stature estimation, foot length and breadth, hand length and breadth, Anthropometry
Anthropometric measurements of stature, body weight, foot length, and foot breadth were taken from each student by standard anthropometric methods.
Foot breadth was measured as the distance between the most medially prominent point on the head of the first metatarsal bone and the most laterally prominent point on the head of the fifth metatarsal bone when the foot was fully during standing by the sliding caliper.
Hand breadth was calculated by measuring the distance between the metacarpophalangeal joints of second and fifth fingers.
The breadth of each metatarsal was measured at the level of the midpoint of the metatarsal length.
The mean and standard deviations of breadth of metatarsals were as follow: 1st = 1.
Female group's measurements: The mean foot length and breadth for female group (cm) was 24.
The mean length and standard variation of hand breadth was 8.
Keywords: Alaskan moose, Alces alces gigas, body mass, growth, incisor breadth, incisor depth, morphology, resource partitioning, sexual dimorphism, sexual segregation
Variation in bite mass from grass swards was related more closely to breadth of the incisor arcade than to body mass in captive sheep and goats (Gordon et al.
There are few data on bite size and incisor breadth for browsers (Gordon and Illius 1988), especially large species such as moose (Alces alces).
We also used photographs of lower jaws containing a scale to determine incisor breadth (Fig.
Incisor breadth, the distance between the outside surfaces of the incisor form canines, was measured to the nearest 0.
Incisor breadth and depth were compared for males and females.
Breadth of incisors increased with age in both sexes of Alaskan moose, but males attained broader incisor arcades (~6%) than did females at maximal body mass (Fig.