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English definition of “by a nose”

by a nose

If a person or animal wins a race or competition by a nose, they win it by only very little: My horse won but only by a nose. It was a very exciting finish.Words meaning small pieces and amounts
(Definition of by a nose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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