within a whisker of


: very close to
She came within a whisker of getting fired.

Examples of within a whisker of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Tuesday, Bayern’s apparently ragtag bunch of veterans and mediocrities (and Harry Kane) came within a whisker of beating Real Madrid, the Allianz Arena bouncing and heaving as Germany’s great heavyweight found its range. Rory Smith, New York Times, 3 May 2024 Sunday, the Gaels came within a whisker of being the No. 1 seed in Division II. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 27 Feb. 2024 Gower Street estimates 5% growth in 2024 to $7.9 billion – a figure that would put it within a whisker of the North American market – but the company also warns that limited visibility into the Middle Kingdom releasing calendar makes China the hardest market to predict. Patrick Frater, Variety, 19 Dec. 2023 Given the tumult of the group stage - and of coming within a whisker of being eliminated at an unfathomable early point - perhaps colliding with a frenemy is just what the Americans need to climb out of their funk. Steven Goff, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2023 The hot streak has vaulted them into fourth place in the Pac-12 and within a whisker of the top two. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 5 May 2023 Three neophytes reached the Final Four, including Florida Atlantic, which plays in a band box of a gym and came within a whisker of being the lowest seed — at No. 9 — to play in the championship game. Billy Witz, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2023 The next year, the Wolverines took another leap forward, entering the preliminary rankings of the College Football Playoff and coming within a whisker of defeating Ohio State in overtime before reaching their first New Year’s Six bowl since 2011. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 18 Oct. 2020 All-Big Ten performer and had the Boilermakers within a whisker of their first Final Four since 1980. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, 15 June 2020

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“Within a whisker of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/within%20a%20whisker%20of. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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