a very small distance or amount
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Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: Well? Did the order we send arrive on time? You know the customer said that if this order did not arrive on time that they would take their business elsewhere.
Colleague 2: The order arrived at the customer's warehouse five minutes before the close of business.
Colleague 1: That was too close for comfort. We were a hair's breadth away from losing all that business. We really need to find a way to ship earlier.
A couple are talking ...
Wife: You look shaken up. Did something happen on your drive home?
Husband: A bicyclist came out of nowhere and I thought I was going to hit him. Luckily I was able to swerve at the last minute and avoid him. I missed hitting the cyclist by only a hair's breadth. Two more inches and I would have knocked him down.
Wife: Good thing your reactions were so quick.
There is no gerund form for a hair's breadth.
1) ... just as by shifting the rudder a hair's breadth you get a wide deviation at the prow.
2) Professor Pauling has not deviated a hair's breadth from this pattern of loyalty to the Communist cause since 1946.
3) ... who placed fourth individually, also came within a hair's breadth of medaling.
4) ... he pulled Amanda out of the iron pathway by such a hair's breadth that a piston cylinder touched her coat.
5) It seems we have to get to within a hair's breadth of catastrophe before we realise there's a problem.
6) One or two narrow escapes from team collisions were averted by a hair's breadth, but as no damage was done, the incidents passed unreported.
7) He said the company came a "hair's breadth" from liquidating during the last trip through Chapter 11 that began in 2004, ...
8) The tragic and the comical are always but a hair's breadth away from each other in life as on the stage.
9) A man shooting to kill but missing a vital organ by a hair's breadth can justify his action no more than can the man who hits the organ.
10) ... with little fanfare, a computer program came within a hair's breadth of passing the Turing test, ...
11) I believe that there were moments when she came within a hair's breadth of living up to her best traditions. What prevented her at the critical moment ...
12) ... the World's slimmest slide phone, beating the Samsung U600 by a hair's breadth at 10.6mm.
13) Socialism is but a hair's breadth away from Fascism.
14) ... from chimps by a mere 1.6% of our genetic code. A mere hair's breadth genetically!
15) ... problem was the shape of the control room, which was only a hair's breadth off being a perfect square, at 3.69 x 3.64 metres.
16) There's a hair's breadth between teams. We've had a lot of draws and wanted to turn them ...
17) Manslaughter, as has been well said, may come within a hair's breadth of murder; it may be a nice and difficult question to decide, depending ...
18) ... proposition is an outrage and an insult. I will not budge one hair's breadth.
19) The result was an international incident, one which brought England within a hair's breadth of declaring war on the United States.
20) Duwayne heard everything, and we came a hair's breadth from talking each other into just walking out and never coming back.