References in classic literature ?
And just then he spied a stain about a hand's-breadth on his trouser-leg, and reached his finger down to touch it.
Ye need never show a hand's-breadth of hide till the fields are naked.
Every visit began with that inquiry; he was insatiable of details; he was fascinated by the holder of a sceptre the shadow of which, stretching from the westward over the earth and over the seas, passed far beyond his own hand's-breadth of conquered land.
Good thing they didn't fight--my partner was still standing there, frozen, with his revolver a hand's-breadth from his nose, staring incredulously at the muzzle.
He had painted all four walls ocher and set a hand's-breadth white band around their outer edges--a Neoclassical interior for the early '70s.