"to a hair", 1733 (interdating)

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Thu Nov 14 03:10:18 UTC 2013

"to a hair" ---looks like German "haargenau," (literally: "hair precise", i.e. very precise).

Gerald Cohen

 Joel S. Berson [Berson at ATT.NET] wrote,Wednesday, November 13, 2013 7:53 PM:

"My Cloaths that I brought with me, I have outgrewn, and have now a
clean white Suit that fits me to a Hair. ...

"Dated from my Den, Boston, April 19, 1733.
"Ursa Major, or the great White Bear."

Boston Weekly New-Letter, 1733 April 19, 2/2.  EAN.

Interdates OED2 "hair, n." 8.c "to a hair"  a1680 -- 1765.


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