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noun 
  1. 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.
Etymology: hair's + breadth


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