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  • n. Plural form of hairbreadth.


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  • The front did not change its outline on the map, except by hairbreadths, for months at a stretch, yet at many points of the line there were desperate battles, a bayonet charge now and then, and hours of frightful slaughter, when men saw red and killed with joy.

    The Soul of the War

  • Only a few hairbreadths make the difference between this face and faces I have seen many times before I knew you; yet what a difference -- the difference between everything and nothing at all.

    The Return of the Native

  • It is a science of hairbreadths and fractions of a second.

    A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century Fourth Edition

  • And so the thorn beats in the race, and grows inches whilst the other grows hairbreadths.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture St. Luke

  • Nobody knew as he did how each morsel of leather would behave itself under the needle, or could come within two hairbreadths of him in accuracy across the kneepan.

    Ralph the Heir

  • Split it as you like into hairbreadths and atoms, it is still fundamentally and essentially unaltered.

    The Disowned — Volume 05

  • It was a strange way of killing: not by inches, but by fractions of hairbreadths, to beguile me with the spectre of a hope through eighteen years! '

    Wuthering Heights

  • The hectic visual motions, quick pans, and hairbreadths cuts between acts would be copied by later television shows like


  • This made her pause, with her heart throbbing wildly; but in a minute or so she recovered herself, and almost by hairbreadths drew the great key slowly out with scarcely another sound, and crept back along the passage once more, past the open doorway through which the light streamed, and then up the stairs, and back to her former position in the dark hall, feeling confident now that no one could pass into the house from below unheard.

    In Honour's Cause A Tale of the Days of George the First

  • It was a strange way of killing! not by inches, but by fractions and hairbreadths, to beguile me with the spectre of a hope, through eighteen years!”

    Wuthering Heights


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