Definition of hairbreadth:
They knew they mustn't talk to him whilst that important function was proceeding, so the three stood still, deeply absorbed as they watched the performance that fascinated them with its dangers and its hairbreadth escapes.- "The Rainbow Book Tales of Fun & Fancy", Mabel Henriette Spielmann.
- "Afar in the Forest", W.H.G. Kingston.
Although I could not thus far flatter myself upon the success of my campaign, and though I had come within a hairbreadth of losing my life and though the future promised far more of evil than of good, yet after all, a step forward had been attained.- "The Master of the World", Jules Verne.