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  • n  a very small distance or space

  • She hesitates for a hairsbreadth.
  • 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.
  • Only after an unusually high-pressure vote-gathering drive in June did the Johnson Administration's rent-subsidy bill pass the House and then only by a hairsbreadth 208-to .
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  • 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 ...
    Feb. 18, 2014 - AFP via Yahoo! Sports

  • Padraig Harrington in
    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...

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