Definition of by a nose in English:

by a nose

phrase

  • (of a victory) by a very narrow margin.

    ‘first over the line was Shemaka, but only by a nose’
    • ‘Who could forget the exciting finish of 2003, when Ricky Craven beat Kurt Busch by a nose?’
    • ‘In addition to his debut victory by a nose, Act One scored in the Prix Thomas Bryon by three lengths on October 15 at Saint Cloud.’
    • ‘Shake You Down, winner of the True North Breeders' Cup Handicap on June 7, won a photo finish for second by a nose over Gators N Bears.’
    • ‘The four-year-old Lac Ouimet gelding scored by a nose in the Red Smith Handicap on November 20 at Aqueduct in his graded stakes debut.’
    • ‘Harmony Lodge scored by a nose over Shine Again in the 2003 Ballerina.’
    • ‘Tarlow, a four-year-old daughter of Stormin Fever, has not raced since her victory by a nose in the Santa Margarita on March 12 at Santa Anita.’
    • ‘She scored her lone stakes triumph in the 1 1/16-mile Hillsborough Handicap by a nose over Crazy Ensign at Bay Meadows on September 28.’
    • ‘Trainer M. Anthony Ferraro collected his 1,000th career victory on Friday when Go Stan Israelite prevailed by a nose in the opening race at Finger Lakes.’
    • ‘His bid for the Japanese Triple Crown failed only by a nose in the Tokyo Yushun on May 28.’
    • ‘Unbeaten in six career starts, Numerous Times won the Atto Mile Stakes last time out by a nose over Affirmed Success and Quiet Resolve.’
    just, only just, barely, narrowly, by a narrow margin, by the narrowest of margins, by a very small margin, by a hair's breadth, by the skin of one's teeth
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