One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in boat racing) by a very small margin.
- ‘Here's the Selborne crew which beat Dale by a canvas in a thrilling race on the Buffalo River on Saturday: P le Roux, I McJannet, D Dennison, M Cole and J Bothma.’
- ‘This time they only beat us by a canvas (just the end bit of the boat with no people in it).’
- ‘First Denmark gained the leading edge, holding on to it, although only by a canvas over Olympic spare Djordje Visacki rowing in bow seat for Serbia & Montenegro.’
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