What does 'By a hair's breadth' mean?
Meaning: If a person escapes from some danger by a hair's breadth, they only just managed to avoid it. The breadth is the thickness of a hair, so they probably feel somewhat lucky because the margin between success and what could easily have been failure was so close.
Contributor: Richard Flynn
Country: International English | Subject Area: Body and bodily functions | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
- By a hair's breadth
- Keep your hair on
- Bad hair day
- Let your hair down
- Out of your hair
- Tear your hair out
- Hide nor hair
- Hair on fire
- Make your hair stand on end
- Don't stand there with curlers in your hair
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