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

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
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