Definition of within a whisker of in English:

within a whisker of

phrase

informal
  • Extremely close or near to doing, achieving, or suffering something:

    ‘Jarvis came within a whisker of winning the game’
    • ‘Last week the Daily Star's circulation came within a whisker of the million mark, a new benchmark for the tabloid, which has boosted sales with giveaways including bags of chips and free betting.’
    • ‘Having reached the last 32 of the Boddingtons team darts championship, the Swan & Railway from Radcliffe came within a whisker of taking the top prize.’
    • ‘As a result of those finds, Cairn's shares have risen in steady steps from £4 to within a whisker of £15 today.’
    • ‘The judge told him: ‘You came within a whisker of custody.’’
    • ‘The North Yorkshire Under 18s came within a whisker of ending Merseyside's domination when they were pipped 25-24.’
    • ‘To date, the stunning 23-year-old has come within a whisker of winning the Sunday Life Cover Girl Competition.’
    • ‘He said the SRA wanted to scrap the route to shave a couple of minutes off the Manchester to London journey time, bringing it within a whisker of two hours.’
    • ‘Premier Nick Greiner played up his substantial lead in the polls and subsequently found himself within a whisker of losing government.’
    • ‘As the center's initial three-year grant drew to a close, CTFA came within a whisker of pulling its support.’
    • ‘They were, he continued, within a whisker of making it through to the All Ireland semi-finals when they had victory snatched from their grasp.’