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the cat's whiskers

Something or someone that is highly enjoyable, desirable, or impressive, especially in a fancy or elaborate way. Tom's new Cadillac is really the cat's whiskers! Boy, that singer last night was the cat's whiskers, wasn't she?
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be the cat's whiskers

To be highly enjoyable, desirable, or impressive, especially in a fancy or elaborate way. Tom's new Cadillac is really the cat's whiskers! Boy, that singer last night was the cat's whiskers, wasn't she?
See also: whisker

by a hair

By an extremely short or slim margin (of distance, time, or another measure). They're just about to close the gates! It looks like we made the flight by a hair. The race was neck and neck till the very end, but Sally won it by a hair.
See also: by, hair

by a whisker

By an extremely short or slim margin (of distance, time, or another measure). They're just about to close the gates! It looks like we made the flight by a whisker. The race was neck and neck till the very end, but Sally won it by a whisker.
See also: by, whisker

come within a whisker of (something)

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

within a whisker of (something)

Very close to something. I swear the car came within a whisker of hitting the train, but stopped at the last second. I came within a whisker of winning that race, but I guess I'll have to settle for second place.
See also: of, whisker, within

be within a whisker of (something)

To be very close to getting, achieving, or experiencing something. She was within a whisker of the gold medal, but her leg cramped in the last few meters. Hundreds of people were within a whisker of death when their apartment building caught on fire in the middle of the night.
See also: of, whisker, within

have whiskers

To be old, as of a story or joke. No one laughed at your story because it had whiskers by then.
See also: have, whisker

have grown whiskers

To be old, as of a story or joke. No one laughed at your story because it had grown whiskers by then.
See also: grown, have, whisker

win (something) by a whisker

To succeed or defeat someone in something by only a very narrow margin. Making huge gains during the final lap, the underdog rookie managed to overtake the reigning champion and win the race by a whisker. We only won by a whisker, but at least we got the conviction we were looking for.
See also: by, whisker, win

by a hair('s breadth)

 and by a whisker
Fig. just barely; by a very small distance. I just missed getting on the plane by a hair's breadth. I made it onto the last flight by a hair!
See also: by, hair

win by a nose

Fig. to win by the slightest amount of difference. (Can be literal in horses races.) I ran the fastest race I could, but I only won by a nose. Sally won the race, but she only won by a nose.
See also: by, nose, win

by a hair

Also, by a hairbreadth or whisker . Very narrowly. For example, His serve was out by a hair, or We made our flight by a hairbreadth, or Dad missed hitting the pole by a whisker. The first two hyperboles for the very narrowest margin date from the 1300s and 1400s respectively; whisker meaning "a small amount" was first recorded in 1913. Also see by the skin of one's teeth; hang by a hair.
See also: by, hair

win by a nose

Also, win by a whisker. Just barely succeed, as in Sally's political cartoon came in first in the contest, but I heard that she won by a nose . This term comes from horseracing, where from about 1900 on it referred to a finish so close that only a portion of the horse's nose reached the finish ahead of the second horse. A whisker-that is, a hair-is a narrower margin yet. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: by, nose, win

the cat's whiskers

or

the cat's pyjamas

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you describe someone or something as the cat's whiskers or the cat's pyjamas, you mean they are the best person or thing of their kind. She had this great dress on with huge skirts, and she thought she was the cat's whiskers as she walked into the room. We critics variously declared the show brilliant, the cat's pyjamas, breathtaking, and unmissable. Note: These expressions were originally American and became popular in Britain during the 1920s. `Cat's whisker' was also the name of a fine wire in a crystal wireless receiver.
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by a whisker

If you succeed or fail to do something by a whisker, you succeed or fail, but only just. The French government only scraped a Yes vote by a whisker. At the end we lost by a whisker and we were so disappointed.
See also: by, whisker

come within a whisker of something

COMMON If you come within a whisker of doing something, you almost do it. He came within a whisker of scoring the most spectacular goal. Meanwhile, Guccione came within a whisker of losing his mansion. Note: You can also say that someone is within a whisker of doing something. The two firms are within a whisker of agreeing a deal. Yet Miller had been within a whisker of being sacked.

within a whisker of something

If something is within a whisker of a particular amount, it is almost that amount. The price of gold is now within a whisker of $330 an ounce.
See also: of, something, whisker, within

the cat's whiskers

an excellent person or thing. informal
Other similar phrases include the cat's pyjamas and the chiefly North American the cat's miaou .
See also: whisker

have (or have grown) whisker

s (especially of a story) be very old. informal
See also: have, whisker

within a whisker of

extremely close or near to doing, achieving, or suffering something. informal
See also: of, whisker, within

the cat’s ˈwhiskers/pyˈjamas

(informal, often ironic) the best person, idea, thing, etc: She thinks she’s the cat’s whiskers.
See also: pyjama, whisker

be, come, etc. within a whisker of something/of doing something

(British English) almost do something: They came within a whisker of being killed.
See also: of, something, whisker, within

do something by a ˈwhisker

(informal) do something, but nearly fail; do something, but only just: He missed the first prize by a whisker.You escaped serious injury by a whisker, so consider yourselves very lucky.
See also: by, something, whisker

Mr. Whiskers

and Uncle Whiskers and whiskers (man)
n. a federal agent. (Underworld. From the whiskers of Uncle Sam.) Mr. Whiskers is trying to get me to pay tax on those few bucks. If Uncle Whiskers finds out what you’re doing, you’re done for.
See also: Whisker

Uncle Whiskers

verb
See also: uncle, Whisker

whiskers man

verb
See also: man, whisker

whiskers

verb
See also: whisker
References in classic literature ?
After an appropriate pause, Chauncey Delarouse, otherwise Whiskers, took up the tale.
And I took every liberty, and vainly, with a constitution that was iron," Whiskers hurried on.
Commercial satellites, nuclear reactors, missile systems and automotive applications have all reported complete or partial failures believed to be associated with tin whisker growth.
Patterns: Black Buzzer, small spider patterns, Cat's Whisker, Dawson's Olive.
I built a hollow plastic replica of a harbor seal whisker that was precisely shaped but 50 times larger than a real whisker.
Using whiskers as inspiration, researchers created the Whisker Array-robotic whiskers that could help vehicles or robots to navigate areas that are difficult to manage.
ALLOY COMPOSITION HAS a strong influence on tin whisker production and has proven to either mitigate or exacerbate the propensity for a solder to whisker.
Derwent: Cat's Whisker, Black Fritz, Orange Fritz, Dawson's Olive.
At the base of each whisker are thousands of nerve endings, which are like wires that send signals to the brain.
Black and Green Lures did well as did Damsel Nymph, Bloodworm, Buzzers and Cats Whisker.
However when turning, they bias their whisker movements in the direction of the turn, and when the whiskers on one side of the head contact an object, those on the opposite side sweep round to gather more information.
The effect of the whisker and MPS content on the particle size was investigated using dynamic light-scattering (DLS) measurements.
Hence, to achieve multifunctionality for nano-ZnO whiskers' surface treatment, the two-step composite technology method that is designed in the present work seems the best way because it can make nano whisker dispersion more uniform.
To better understand tin whisker growth, evaluate associated reliability risks, and develop mitigation techniques, Raytheon, along with industry, government, and academia colleagues, performed several experiments.
tracked the problem down to a tin whisker that had grown in a component.