narrow escape

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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
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Summary: A scooter driver has had a narrow escape after her bike was crushed by a truck in Ningbo City, east China.
4 : barely successful : close <We made a narrow escape.
Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott has a narrow escape as India A wicketkeeper, Parthiv Patel, attempts to stump him during the first day of the tour match at Edgbaston yesterday.