Definition of Hair's-breadth
1. Noun. A very small distance or space. "They lost the election by a whisker"
Generic synonyms: Small Indefinite Amount, Small Indefinite Quantity
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Literary usage of Hair's-breadth
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Webster's High School Dictionary: A Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster (1892)
"Hair'- breadth' (-bredth'), Hair s' breadth', n. Diameter or breadth of a hair ; very small distance. — Hair'breadth/, a. Very narrow. — Hair'- brush.', TI. ..."
2. The Christian View of God and the World as Centring in the Incarnation by James Orr (1893)
"0 Strauss acknowledges this when he says : "A sinless, archetypal Christ is not a hair,s-breadth less unthinkable than one ..."
3. George Eliot's Life as Related in Her Letters and Journals by George Eliot (1885)
"He has been in the service of Prussia, has been within a hair,s-breadth of being frozen to death, " and so following." He spoke French admirably, ..."
4. A History of Canada by Charles George Douglas Roberts (1897)
"When Cartier, on the 5th of September, reentered in triumph the harbour of St. Malo, he had missed by a hair,s-breadth the discovery of the great river ..."
5. St. George and st. Michael by George MacDonald (1876)
"Lady Margaret assured her that the children were nothing the worse, not having been even much terrified, for the dog had not gone a hair,s- breadth beyond ..."
6. The World's Great Events: An Indexed History of the World from Earliest by Esther Singleton (1916)
"Accordingly, by a rapid movement to the south, during which, in his own words, "France was within a hair,s- breadth of destruction," and after with ..."