come within a whisker of something

informal
if you come within a whisker of something, it nearly happens

They came within a whisker of winning the game.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • come within a whisker of something — come within a whisker of (something/doing something) if you come within a whisker of doing something, you almost do it or it almost happens to you. He came within a whisker of beating the world champion. Several times on his trek through the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • come within a whisker of something — informal phrase if you come within a whisker of something, it nearly happens They came within a whisker of winning the game. Thesaurus: almost and almost notsynonym Main entry: whisker …   Useful english dictionary

  • come within a whisker of something something — be, come, etc. within a whisker of sth/doing sth idiom (BrE) to almost do sth • They came within a whisker of being killed. Main entry: ↑whiskeridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • come within a whisker of doing something — come within a whisker of (something/doing something) if you come within a whisker of doing something, you almost do it or it almost happens to you. He came within a whisker of beating the world champion. Several times on his trek through the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • come within a whisker of — (something/doing something) if you come within a whisker of doing something, you almost do it or it almost happens to you. He came within a whisker of beating the world champion. Several times on his trek through the jungle he came within a… …   New idioms dictionary

  • come within a whisker of doing something — be, come, etc. within a whisker of sth/doing sth idiom (BrE) to almost do sth • They came within a whisker of being killed. Main entry: ↑whiskeridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • be within a whisker of something something — be, come, etc. within a whisker of sth/doing sth idiom (BrE) to almost do sth • They came within a whisker of being killed. Main entry: ↑whiskeridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • within a whisker — If you come within a whisker of doing something, you very nearly manage to do it but  don t succeed …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • be within a whisker of doing something — be, come, etc. within a whisker of sth/doing sth idiom (BrE) to almost do sth • They came within a whisker of being killed. Main entry: ↑whiskeridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • whisker — whisk|er [ wıskər, hwıskər ] noun 1. ) whiskers plural MAINLY LITERARY stiff hairs that grow out of a man s face, especially on his cheeks 2. ) count one of several long stiff hairs that grow near the mouth of some animals: The cat licked its… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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