Hairbreadth



[hair-bredth, -bretth] /ˈhɛərˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ/

noun, adjective
1.
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[hairz-bredth, -bretth, -breth] /ˈhɛərzˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ, -ˌbrɛθ/
noun
1.
a very small space or distance:
We escaped an accident by a hairsbreadth.
adjective
2.
extremely narrow or close.
n.

also hairsbreadth, hairs-breadth, hair’s breadth, mid-15c., said to have been formerly a formal unit of measure equal to one-forty-eighth of an inch. From hair + breadth.

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