by a nose

idiom

: by a very short distance
His horse won the race by a nose.

Examples of by a nose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mystik Dan won the 150th running of the race two weeks ago by a nose and that came after a near perfect trip along the rail. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2024 The alarm bells sounded on Sunday after Mystik Dan ate only a small portion from his feed bucket and didn’t sleep well after winning the Kentucky Derby by a nose. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2024 The winner edged Sierra Leone by a nose, with Forever Young another nostril behind. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 5 May 2024 Watsonville was able to hold on from a charging Almendares to win by a nose, paying $11.00 to win. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2023 The horse, who was running his last race, won by a nose and also had to endure a five-minute inquiry after there was bumping between him and National Treasure down the stretch. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 The colt finished fourth in the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga after finishing second by a nose in his first start. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 Had the third race been a yard shorter, the charging Laurent would have lost to 35-1 long shot Where’s My Ring (Victor Espinoza), who lost by a nose after leading by 2½ lengths earlier in the stretch. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Aug. 2023 Forte, making his first start since the Florida Derby after state veterinarians scratched him out of the Kentucky Derby, came hard at the end to finish second by a nose over Tapit Trice. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2023

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“By a nose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by%20a%20nose. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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