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English Idiom of the Day – Win by a Nose

Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 09:03 AM
posted by Jo

To Win by a Nose

To 'win by a nose' means to win by a very small amount.

Example: I ran the fastest race I could, but I only won by a nose.

Sally won the race, but she only won by a nose

Did you know...? This idiom comes from horseracing, where from about 1900 on it referred to a finish so close that only the tip of the horse's nose reached the finish ahead of the second horse.

There is a similar idiom with the same meaning - to 'win by a whisker'.

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