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win/lose by a whisker

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwin/lose by a whiskerwin/lose by a whiskerinformalLITTLE/NOT MUCH to win or lose by a very small amount Schmidt finished second, losing by a whisker in the final event. whisker
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win/lose by a whiskerDavidson won the election by a whisker.He finished second in the 1988 Superstars, losing by a whisker in the final event.In a race that was ultimately won by a whisker, the Powell effect may even have made the difference for Bush.
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