a close shave


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close shave

A narrow escape from or avoidance of a situation, often an unfavorable or dangerous one. I had a close shave this morning when a tractor trailer unexpectedly swerved into my lane.
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a close shave

 and a close call
a narrow escape. (See also .) Wow, that was a close shave. I thought the guard would spot us. The speeding car passed only a few inches from us—a real close call.
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a close shave

If someone has a close shave, they very nearly have a bad accident or very nearly suffer a defeat. It was a close shave — if I hadn't been paying attention we could both have been flattened. McGregor had a close shave when a 7ft polar bear ran at him while he was filming a documentary about the animals in Canada. Gingrich had a close shave in the 1990 general election.
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close shave (or call)

a narrow escape from danger or disaster. informal
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a ˌclose ˈshave/ˈcall

(informal) a situation where a disaster, an accident, etc. almost happens: We didn’t actually hit the other car, but it was a close shave.Phew! That was a close call — she nearly saw us!
See also: call, close, shave

close shave

and close call
n. a narrow escape. The car passed this close to us—a real close call. Man, that was a close call!
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Bullie's gel formula maintains a clear blue color to help men see where they should (or shouldn't) shave, while cutting down on the number of passes needed for a close shave.
However, electric shaving is harsher on the skin, as it strips away natural oils and usually requires the hairs to be dry and brittle to get a close shave.
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