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narrow escape

A situation in which danger or problems are barely avoided. That guy barely made it over the tracks before the train came. What a narrow escape!
See also: escape, narrow

narrow escape

A barely successful flight from or avoidance of danger or trouble, as in He had a narrow escape, since the bullet came within inches of his head. This expression uses narrow in the sense of "barely sufficient." [Late 1500s] For a newer synonym, see close call.
See also: escape, narrow

a narrow eˈscape/ˈsqueak

a situation where somebody only just avoids injury, danger or failure: We had a narrow escape on the way here. The wind blew a tree down just in front of us. We could have been killed.
See also: escape, narrow, squeak
References in classic literature ?
In my early life I had a narrow escape from death by poisoning.
Once the channel became so small that I had a narrow escape of being crushed against the rocky roof, and after that I took the precaution of lying flat upon my precious bales.
If you knew the man as I do, you'd think that we had had a narrow escape.
This was a narrow escape to me, and I was so frighted that I ventured no more at gold watches a great while.
We suffered much, and made a narrow escape, but fortune befriended us, as well as our mates in the long-boat.
Do not scold me, mother,' answered Telemachus, "nor vex me, seeing what a narrow escape I have had, but wash your face, change your dress, go upstairs with your maids, and promise full and sufficient hecatombs to all the gods if Jove will only grant us our revenge upon the suitors.
But, as a matter of fact, he had a narrow escape, in the case of Nolan, who lived just long enough to say, 'Wilson' and point.
He has had a narrow escape from a paralytic stroke.
Summary: A scooter driver has had a narrow escape after her bike was crushed by a truck in Ningbo City, east China.