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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.
See also: close, shave

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.
See also: close, shave

close shave (or call)

a narrow escape from danger or disaster. informal
See also: close, shave

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!
See also: close, shave
References in classic literature ?
A close shave," thought De Vac, as he again took up the child and prepared to gain the dock.
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.
This made him more evil-looking than ever, and when he glared viciously at me I remembered with a shiver the close shave I had had with him at the time of his previous arrest.
I say, old man, that was a close shave," said the manager, pawing him over to see if he had been hit.
JAMES BOND has a few close shaves in the new movie Spectre, out now.
CORONATION STREET Mon, Wed, Fri ITV Following Peter and Tina's exploits and close shaves over the past couple of weeks, no wonder the alcoholic's nerves are shredded and he needs a snifter.
Getting as many details as we can about Apophis's size, composition, mass and rotation during this pass could help scientists refine their calculations for those expected close shaves.
No soap affair is complete without a few close shaves.
Jennifer said: "My narrow escape in Iraq was just one of several close shaves.
ANDY MURRAY had a couple of close shaves in his last two games against Richard Gasquet - and now he is planning another one.
AFTER two close shaves, Celtic manager Neil Lennon finally got his hands on some silverware yesterday as the Bhoys beat Motherwell 3-0 in the Scottish Cup final, writes Ian Wilkerson.
FERNANDO ALONSO has had a few close shaves in his time but never anything this dramatic.
From Hair To Eternity, Close Shaves Of The Third Kind and, of course, Gone With The Designer Stubble.
A GREAT Barr hairdresser who had 'a close shave' with death ten years ago is now celebrating a decade of good health by giving traditional close shaves in her shop.