Etymology: hair's + breadth
- a very short distance or a very small amount (as is the width of a hair)
- 1597, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Act IV, Scene 2)
- :I see you are obsequious in your love, and I profess requital to a hair's breadth;
- 1857, Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
- :... it was characteristic of this man, as it is of all men similarly marked, that whatever he did, he overdid, though it were sometimes by only a ...
- 1919, John Buchan, Mr. Standfast
- :We've missed our shot by a and that's the same as missing by miles.
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