from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small space, distance, or margin: won by a hairsbreadth.
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- n. a very short distance or a very small amount (as is the width of a hair)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a very small distance or space
Galapagos penguin is within a 'hairsbreadth' of extinction, according to a new study
Implementing Sharia is impossible yet somehow is a hairsbreadth away from becoming a new constitutional amendment.
But I can think of any number of great authors who have come within a hairsbreadth of convincing me they could.
The fact that they were a hairsbreadth away from being discovered enhanced the thrill even more.
The rapier flashed up again, the tip hovering but a hairsbreadth from the pale skin.
I pressed my wrist against his burned mouth and felt his lips tighten just a hairsbreadth.
It was five a.m. when she was hit, running full stride on a brisk March morning behind three other slave women who had made a desperate dash for freedom after two days of keeping a hairsbreadth from two determined slave catchers who had chased them, ragged and exhausted, in a zigzag pattern through the foggy swamps and marshland that ran from Bishops Head Island up through Dorchester County.
A damn good fighter, who I beat by a hairsbreadth - we played again later, and it pretty mch went both ways
Loren Eiseley, the great naturalist, once said that scientists "have not always been able to see that an old theory, given a hairsbreadth twist, might open an entirely new vista to the human reason."
His hand lifted, then stopped, a hairsbreadth above hers, and the movement of air seemed to send an explosion of invisible sparks across her skin.
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