hairsbreadth hairsbreadth


  • (n) a very small distance or space



  1. She hesitates for a hairsbreadth.
  2. Home-equity-loan issuance is off 98%, and new issues of private-mortgage securitizations, worth three-quarters of a trillion dollars in 2006, have come within a hairsbreadth of zero.
  3. But they try to stay a hairsbreadth short of claiming too much.


  • Maze strikes double gold, political wounds reopen

    Sochi (Russia) (AFP) - Tina Maze struck double Olympic ski gold on Tuesday while the stark political realities of the Sochi Games were exposed by the arrests of members of the high-profile Pussy Riot punk group. Maze bagged her second title after sharing the downhill gold by edging Austrian arch-rival Anna Fenninger by a hairsbreadth seven-hundredths of a second in the giant slalom. In tricky ...
    on February 19, 2014     Source: AFP via Yahoo! Sports


  1. John Barrowman, Larbert, said: "The same players who were a hairsbreadth away from making the World Cup and the European Championship under Walter Smith and Alex McLeish are now struggling. That has to be the manager's fault and Joe Jordan would get...
    on Nov 17, 2009 By: John Barrowman Source: Scottish Daily Record

  2. "I think I am a hairsbreadth away from breaking down physically," said Harrington. "I was fine today but I have been pushing it. It is like a tightrope and the threads are falling off. I have one thread left before I do myself a six-week...
    on Jul 25, 2004 By: Padraig Harrington Source:

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