hand's-breadth love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of handbreadth.


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  • Hand's-breadth by hand's-breadth he climbed the wall, never looking down.

    Spirit Gate

  • Iron spikes, spaced about a hand's-breadth apart along the top, ruled out that idea.

    Dragons Of Summer Flame

  • After all, there is a beak fully capable of biting through his spine less than a hand's-breadth from his nose.

    The Eagle And The Nightingale

  • Everywhere but here the buildings stood so close together that there wasn't a hand's-breadth of space between them.

    Prison Of Souls

  • She was tall, a hand's-breadth taller than he, and erect as one of the lilies she clasped.

    A Rare Benedictine

  • If he could have stood erect he would have been a hand's-breadth taller than his sister, but thus hunched he looked even shorter.

    The Pilgrim of Hate

  • The long knife quivered in its neck, point and a foot of blade showing on one side, and the hilt and a hand's-breadth of steel on the other, but it only seemed to madden the giant reptile.

    Conan the Adventurer

  • On this wreath rested a crown of about a hand's-breadth, decorated with jewels and surmounted by three bands of metal crowned by a knob.

    The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • The lilies wavered what seemed but a hand's-breadth from him.

    The Coast of Chance

  • This span of days, this hand's-breadth of existence, is too palpably fragmentary.

    Problems of Immanence: studies critical and constructive


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