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    Smile come within a rat's hair

    In the sentence below, what does "within a rat's hair" mean?

    I came within a rat's hair of sending out a squad of M.P's after him last night.

    In the sentence below,what does "come within" mean?

    In my opinion I think there's a half -point cut in interest rates still to come. It should come within this year and it ought to be soon.

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    Re: come within a rat's hair

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    In the sentence below, what does "within a rat's hair" mean?

    I came within a rat's hair of sending out a squad of M.P's after him last night.

    In the sentence below,what does "come within" mean?

    In my opinion I think there's a half -point cut in interest rates still to come. It should come within this year and it ought to be soon.
    There is an expression "within a hair's breadth" the thickness of a hair, meaning "extremely close". "Within a rat's hair." looks like a variation on this, though I have never encountered it.

    In your sentence "come within" means "arrive/happen during" (this year).

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    Re: come within a rat's hair

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There is an expression "within a hair's breadth" the thickness of a hair, meaning "extremely close". "Within a rat's hair." looks like a variation on this, though I have never encountered it.

    In your sentence "come within" means "arrive/happen during" (this year).
    Thank you bhaisahab,

    How may I write the sentence "I came within a rat's hair of sending out a squad of M.P's after him last night.", without using the expression in bold? Let us say, in formal English.


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    Re: come within a rat's hair

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    Thank you bhaisahab,

    How may I write the sentence "I came within a rat's hair of sending out a squad of M.P's after him last night.", without using the expression in bold? Let us say, in formal English.

    I almost/nearly sent out a squad...

    I was within a hair's breadth of sending...


    Either would do.

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