by a hair's breadth

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
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If VAR can decide a player has been offside by a hair's breadth, surely it should decide whether or not a keeper has broken the law in order to stop an opponent scoring?
You have each escaped going to prison by a hair's breadth. It is only your previous good character which has prevented it.
Having survived, albeit by a hair's breadth, with 40 points last season, Shrewsbury would move to the relative comfort of 48 if they can overcome the Minstermen today.
A Thornaby man escaped jail "by a hair's breadth" after a knife attack in which two men were injured.