whis|ker [ˈwıskə US -ər] n
[Date: 1600-1700; 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]
1.) [usually plural]
one of the long stiff hairs that grow near the mouth of a cat, mouse etc
2.) [usually plural]
one of the hairs that grow on a man's face
3.) win/lose by a whisker informal
to win or lose by a very small amount
Schmidt finished second, losing by a whisker in the final event.
4.) come within a whisker (of doing) sth
to almost succeed or fail at doing something
Doctors say he came within a whisker of dying on the operating table.

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