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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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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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a hair's breadth

a very small amount or margin.
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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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"You have come within a hair's breadth of going straight to prison today."
Recorder Simon Phillips, at Durham Crown Court, told Elliott he had escaped a prison term by a "hair's breadth" because he had suffered depression for nearly a decade.
Izindaba's Chris Bateman, fascinated by Pillay's unusual boldness in a climate where administrative chiefs tend to keep their heads down and leave the politicians to make excuses, reports on how he came within a hair's breadth of resigning in early June this year, functionally emasculated by politicians who contributed to the disenchantment of the Pretoria supplementary clean-up squad.
Subash scraped by a hair's breadth before snatching victory from the jaws of defeat to register a 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (5-7), 13-11 victory over Anirudh Sriram.
Working on the nanoscale, which is 80,000 times smaller than a hair's breadth, the team have woven threads of atoms into the shape of five-point stars, creating building blocks of materials which are flexible and potentially shock absorbent.
That season he won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and Prix Foy and was beaten a hair's breadth into second in both the Dubai Sheema Classic and Hong Kong Vase.
There was a hair's breadth between the duo at the end of Q2, but come the conclusion to the top-10 shoot-out, Vettel blew everybody away.
Ninety-five of these are considered "near Earth asteroids" meaning they are 30 million miles away, almost a third of the way to the Sun, yet a hair's breadth in terms of the size of our solar system, reports Discovery News.
Together, the lost ice is raising sea levels annually by a tiny fraction - about a hair's breadth spread evenly around the world's oceans.
The Thandis can be made to build the hotel right down to a hair's breadth and that is what the public want and that is what the council is paid to do.
I want you to leave this courtroom knowing you have come within a hair's breadth of prison."
And it was only by a hair's breadth that Greenfield failed to beat teammate Hannah Rich for the national title.
That proximity, of the disk is another indicator that the black hole is a whirling dervish, spinning so rapidly that outside material can orbit within a hair's breadth of ultimate doom.
Meyer's description of the lovers' emotions is palpable, and readers will be drawn into the couple's spiraling dance, feeling the intense longing that comes from being a hair's breadth away from the thing you want most in the world.