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A very thin space between letters or words.
- ‘Em dashes look downright stupid without the hair space on either side: normal spaces are much, much too wide, while no space at all makes the text look cramped.’
- ‘Some writers eschew the use of the em dash - instead, they replace it with the shorter en dash - which is then also surrounded by spaces or hair spaces.’
- ‘A hair space is used when extremely small spaces are needed.’
- ‘I'd like to type hair spaces either side of em dashes and wonder whether there was a system-wide shortcut that I could use.’
- ‘And there are one or two quotations inside quotations where the outer double quote needs a hair space to set off the immediately following inner single quote.’
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