Definition of by a canvas in English:
(In boat racing) by a small margin.
[referring to the tapered front end of a racing boat (see above)]
- First Denmark gained the leading edge, holding on to it, although only by a canvas over Olympic spare Djordje Visacki rowing in bow seat for Serbia & Montenegro.
- This time they only beat us by a canvas (just the end bit of the boat with no people in it).
- Here's the Selborne crew which beat Dale by a canvas in a thrilling race on the Buffalo River on Saturday: P le Roux, I McJannet, D Dennison, M Cole and J Bothma.
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