within a whisker of something

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.
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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