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Hairbreadth

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Háirbreadth. n.s. [hair and breadth.] A very small distance; the diameter of a hair.

Seven hundred chosen men left-handed could sling stones at an hairbreadth, and not miss. Judg. xx. 16.

I spoke of most disastrous chances,
Of moving accidents by flood and field;
Of hairbreadth 'scapes in th' imminent deadly breach.
Shak.

Sources: The Bible - Judges (13) · Shakespeare's Othello (60)

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