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Hair's-breadth   /hɛrz-brɛdθ/   Listen

A very small distance or space.  Synonyms: hair, hairsbreadth, whisker.  "They lost the election by a whisker"

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"Hair's-breadth" Quotes from Famous Books

... wrist and forearm of steel—all these were only men, following the sea because they knew no better. And the mate who would wade into a mob of twenty with swinging fists, and the navigator who could calculate to a hair's-breadth where they were by observing the unimaginable stars—they were not of the craft of Noah, they were men who knew their job ... just men ... as a ticket-clerk on a railroad ...
— The Wind Bloweth • Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

... is measured by the apparent change in its position, as seen from different points of the earth's surface or orbit. But this great Light stands steadfast in our heaven, nor moves a hair's-breadth, nor pours a feebler ray on us, whether we look up to it from the midsummer day of busy life, or from the midwinter of death. These opposites are parted by a distance to which the millions of miles of the world's path ...
— Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) • Alexander Maclaren

Words linked to "Hair's-breadth" :   small indefinite amount, hair, whisker, small indefinite quantity

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