Definition of by a canvas in US English:

by a canvas


  • (in boat racing) by a small margin.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’