hairbreadth


noun, adjective

  1. hairsbreadth.

noun

  1. a very small space or distance: We escaped an accident by a hairsbreadth.

adjective

  1. 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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