It came within a hair's breadth of crushing the.............

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  1. sb70012

    sb70012 Senior Member

    Source: Greek Mythology 32nd and 33rd Paragraph

    I know the meanings of each word but I can't understand it as a whole.
    Would you please be kind enough to clarify it to me?
    Hair's breadth = a very small amount or distance
    Crushing = pressing
    It = ?

    Thank you
  2. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod (English Only)

    The rocky crag that Polyphemus threw at the ship missed the ship by the width of a hair. In other words, it struck so close to the ship that only a hair would fit between it and the ship. If it had actually hit the ship it would have crushed the prow (the front end) of the ship.
  3. sb70012

    sb70012 Senior Member

    Thank you so much. I got it.
  4. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    And to crush is much more serious than to merely press. To press is to put pressure against; to crush is to destroy.

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