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  • n. The distance between the outstretched tips of the little finger and thumb when used as a unit of measurement


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  • Shaking his head, Vincent straightened and stepped away from the Jaguar to stand less than a handspan from Dante.

    Etched in Bone

  • Only a scant handspan separated their bodies, almost as if she had sought to get as close to him as she dared without actually touching him.

    The Devil Wears Plaid

  • The blanket was down by our feet, and I was really aware of him next to me, without a sheet or blanket covering us, his bare legs just a handspan away from mine.

    Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

  • Ancar was driving his troops over ground so thick with the bodies of the dead that there wasn't a handspan of dirt or grass visible anywhere.

    Widows and Orphans

  • When they reached the trail, they saw it was both steep and narrow, a double-handspan cut into the side of the mountain, with a sheer drop on one side and the sheer cliff on the other.

    Tran Siberian

  • The tiny windows in the sides of the tower were proportioned to make it look as if it were twice the size it actually was, and since the stone walls were a handspan thick, they let in very little light.

    Widows and Orphans

  • The knife was only a handspan away from my throat.


  • He shouted for him to come and help, and both of them put their shoulders to the trapdoor and they managed to lift it a handspan, only to have an iron-tipped stave jabbed in their faces.


  • On the plains of Lambanein, every handspan was owned and worked.


  • An instant later, the tines of a pitchfork were a handspan from his eyes.

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