Meaning of “come within a whisker of (doing) sth” in the English Dictionary

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"come within a whisker of (doing) sth" in British English

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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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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