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English definition of “come within a whisker of (doing) sth”

come within a whisker of (doing) sth

If you come within a whisker of doing something, you almost do it or it almost happens to you: Twice now she had come within a whisker of death.
(Definition of come within a whisker of (doing) sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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