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finger's breadth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n finger's breadth the length of breadth of a finger used as a linear measure
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Usage

In literature:

Straight flew the arrow and lit fairly in the clout, a finger's-breadth from the center.
"The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle
Another finger's-breadth and he would be a colonel.
"Taras Bulba and Other Tales" by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
My face was thrust within a hand's-breadth of his own; I had tossed back my cloak, and my fingers clutched the hilt of my sword.
"The Historical Nights' Entertainment" by Rafael Sabatini
Often, they are face to face, separated by a space no wider than a finger's breadth.
"Bramble-bees and Others" by J. Henri Fabre
A piece of meat is hidden in a jar under a layer of fine, dry sand, a finger's-breadth thick.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
A piece of meat is hidden in a jar under a layer of fine, dry sand, a finger's-breadth thick.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
Only so far as the longing for the beautiful permits do even the better ones remain faithful to Nature, not a finger's breadth more.
"Arachne, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Straight flew the arrow and lit fairly in the clout, a finger's-breadth from the center.
"The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle
On Ghatotkacha's body there was not even two finger's breadth of space that was not pierced with Karna's shafts.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Now all alert as a gray wolf sniffing a strange trail that cuts his own, I warily lifted the trap to a finger's breadth.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
And just then he spied a stain about a hand's breadth on his trousers-leg, and reached his finger down to touch it.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Kiopo's terrible fangs missed his throat by a finger's breadth.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
It must be damp; and in winter there is not a finger's breadth of sunshine.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
Digit is also a measure of a finger's breadth, equal to 3/4 inch.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Half full, two-thirds, three-quarters, to within a finger's breadth of the top he filled it.
""I Conquered"" by Harold Titus
Some of them were not taller than the breadth of one's finger, and wore their long yellow hair fastened up with gold combs.
"Rudy and Babette" by Hans Christian Andersen
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