a close shave


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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

a situation where something unpleasant or dangerous nearly happened I had a close shave when a tree fell just where I had been standing.
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References in classic literature ?
You're doing well, my friend," he said to the fellow with the bandaged head, "and if ever any person had a close shave, it was you; your head must be as hard as iron.
I think that we have had a close shave ourselves of being arrested for the crime.
I say, old man, that was a close shave," said the manager, pawing him over to see if he had been hit.
She said: "I certainly had a close shave ten years ago when the doctors thought I would never walk again.
Pretty soon, there was more than a grand thrown in the pot by people who wanted the chance to give Sharky a close shave.
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.
A Stiff Drink and a Close Shave is a book that came out a few years back, bemoaning our harried lifestyle and its eventual effect: the loss of simple, take-your-time pleasures, which brings us to The Art of Shay ing, a new volume that believes in "bringing art and passion to a daily routine" Every possible angle--from the history of shaving to skin preparation to razor selection--is covered.