by a whisker meaning

  "by a whisker" in a sentence
  • [American idiom]
    just barely; by a very small distance. (The whisker phrase is folksy.)
    I just missed getting on the plane by a hair's breadth.
    I made it by a hair!
    The arrow missed the deer by a whisker.

  • [American slang]
    Go to by a hair('s breadth)


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  1. she missed the first prize by a whisker
  2. pippa had won silver in equestrian in sydney, missing the gold only by a whisker
  3. Jack Nicklaus also survived the cut, but by a whisker.
  4. Vizquel's throw nipped him at first by a whisker.
  5. "Some by a whisker, " he said.

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