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noun 
  1. the width of a hair, a very short distance or a very small amount
    • 1749: Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
    • :In short, these kind of missings of happiness look like the insults of Fortune, who may be considered as thus playing tricks with us, and wantonly diverting herself at our expense.
    • 1799: Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Huntly
    • :This surely was a day destined to be signalized by escapes.
    • 1856: Wilkie Collins, After Dark
    • :Measure Maddalena, and measure Minerva, and from forehead to chin, you won't find a of difference between them.
Etymology: compound hair + breadth


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