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Does the word hair-breadth denote a precise unit of measure?

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Answer: yes

According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, a hair-breadth (aka hairsbreadth ) is equal to 1/48th of an inch. Similarly: coon's age (47.3 years), till the cows come home (75 years), like stink (117 MPH), like a bat out of hell (136 MPH), greased lightning (180 MPH), and shitload (1.45 tons).

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