|Origin:||whiskers 'mustache' (16-20 centuries), from whisker 'something that whisks or sweeps' (15-19 centuries), from whisk; because the mustache looks like a small brush|
1HBA [usually plural]
one of the long stiff hairs that grow near the mouth of a cat, mouse etc
2 [usually plural]DCB
one of the hairs that grow on a man's face
to win or lose by a very small amount:
Schmidt finished second, losing by a whisker in the final event.
to almost succeed or fail at doing something:
Doctors say he came within a whisker of dying on the operating table.