hairbreadth escape

narrow escape (from danger, death, etc.)

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • Hairbreadth — Hair breadth , a. Having the breadth of a hair; very narrow; as, a hairbreadth escape. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hairbreadth — [her′bredth΄] n. an extremely small space or amount adj. very narrow; close [a hairbreadth escape] …   English World dictionary

  • hairbreadth — hair•breadth [[t]ˈhɛərˌbrɛdθ, ˌbrɛtθ[/t]] also hairsbreadth n. 1) a very small space or distance: to escape by a hairbreadth[/ex] 2) extremely narrow or close: a hairbreadth escape[/ex] • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • Escape — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Escape >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 escape escape scape Sgm: N 1 avolation| avolation| elopement flight Sgm: N 1 evasion evasion &c.(avoidance) 623 Sgm: N 1 retreat retreat Sgm …   English dictionary for students

  • escape — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Get away Nouns 1. escape, elopement, flight; evasion (see avoidance); retreat; narrow escape or squeak, hairbreadth escape; deliverance, liberation; redeployment; jailbreak, freedom. Informal, close call …   English dictionary for students

  • escape — v 1. get awry, get free, get out, get clear of, break away, make or effect one s escape, make good one s escape, get away safely, Archaic. scape or scape, Inf. jump, Inf. skip, Inf. make a getaway or clean getaway, Inf. fly the coop; All Sl.… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • hairbreadth — I. noun or hairsbreadth Date: 1561 a very small distance or margin II. adjective Date: 1604 very narrow ; close < a hairbreadth escape > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hairbreadth — n. = hair s breadth; (esp. attrib.: a hairbreadth escape) …   Useful english dictionary

  • escape — I n. act of escaping 1) to make, organize an escape; to make good one s escape 2) to foil, thwart an escape 3) a clean; hairbreadth, narrow escape 4) an escape from (an escape from prison) misc. 5) a fire escape ( an emergency staircase ) II v.… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Jack Sheppard — (4 March 1702 – 16 November 1724) was a notorious English robber, burglar and thief of early 18th century London. Born into a poor family, he was apprenticed as a carpenter but took to theft and burglary in 1723, with little more than a year of… …   Wikipedia

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