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close call

1. A narrow escape from or avoidance of a situation, often an unfavorable or dangerous one. It was a close call, but I managed to avoid hitting the deer that ran directly in front of my car.
2. A decision or judgment that is difficult to make due to each possibility being nearly equal in one's consideration. I'm sorry, it really was a close call, but we've decided to go with another candidate for this position.
3. A contest or competition whose winner is not clear due to very close competition or results that are difficult to distinguish. With the two candidates having nearly equal amounts of delegates, this election is going to be a very close call.
See also: call, close

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.
See also: close, shave

have a close shave

 and have a close call
Fig. to have a narrow escape from something dangerous. What a close shave I had! I nearly fell off the roof when I was working there. I almost got struck by a speeding car. It was a close shave.
See also: close, have, shave

close call

1. a very difficult decision Apparently it was a close call, but after a long debate the jury convicted her.
2. something bad that almost happened close shave Sam had several close calls while he was learning to drive with his dad.
See also: call, close

close shave

See: close call
See also: close, shave

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.
See also: close, shave

close call

Also, close shave. Narrow escape, near miss. For example, That skier just missed the tree-what a close call, or That was a close shave, nearly leaving your passport behind. The first phrase dates from the late 1800s and comes from sports, alluding to an official's decision ( call) that could have gone either way. The second, from the early 1800s, alludes to the narrow margin between closely shaved skin and a razor cut. (This latter usage replaced the much earlier equation of a close shave with miserliness, based on the idea that a close shave by a barber meant one would not have to spend money on another shave quite so soon.) Also see too close for comfort.
See also: call, close

shave off

v.
1. To cut something, especially hair, from the surface of the skin with a razor or shaver: I shaved my beard off. I shaved off the stubble.
2. To remove or eliminate something in thin strips or small amounts using a blade: The woodworker used a planer to shave off the bark. I opened the coconut and shaved some of the meat off with a knife.
3. To eliminate some small amount of a total: This aerodynamic racing suit will shave off a full second from your time. She shaved ten seconds off the school's 100-meter dash record.
4. To limit deliberately the number of points scored by one's own team in an athletic contest, as in return for a payment from gamblers to ensure winnings: The rest of the team was sure that he was missing shots on purpose in order to shave points off for his gambling buddies. The police are investigating her for shaving off points in the championship game.
See also: off, 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

close call

verb
See also: call, close

shave

tv. to reduce or lessen something. The coach thought that the other team was shaving points, so he complained the next day.

shaved

mod. alcohol intoxicated. So what if I’m a bit shaved? I shtill have all my shenses.
See also: shave
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However, in his review of 600 patients who had shave biopsies at two surgical centers in 2006-2009, just 22% of patients had residual melanoma after the procedure, with tumor up-staging required in 2% and a wider margin excision in 1%.
Tip: When shaving, don't shave along the jaw line, instead pull the skin up away from jaw line to the razor.
Allowing for a smooth shave, it is also packed full of moisturising ingredients.
He had the look of a man going to the chair Saturday, even asked for a cigarette," Swan says, counting the loot from Sharky's close shave.
50, which contains soothing cola nut and plant protectors or Biotherm Extra Protection Shaving Gel, pounds 11, will give a smooth, friction-free shave.
Heat and humidity help a close, comfortable shave so take a long bath or shower before shaving in short strokes in the same direction as the hair growth (usually downwards) with a brand new blade.
The young Greenockian shaves "once every few days" and until we put him in the reclining chair, had never been given the traditional treatment.
Veissi is a member of staff at Hackers barber shop on Belfast's Upper Newtownards Road, and as Northern Ireland's only Turkish barber, he has become a great attraction for well groomed men looking for the closest shave they can get.
But ten years on my business is booming and for the first time I can give traditional close shaves.
Hate to break it to ya, but even the slickest of shaves only lasts a day or two.
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Wilkinson Sword has denied it plans to withdraw from shaving gels and foams despite a tie-up with shaving preparations rival King of Shaves.
Fast-growing shaving product King of Shaves is hitting the airwaves for the first time with a campaign developed by a Midlands agency.
WE'VE teamed up with top shaving brand King of Shaves and leading retailer Superdrug to celebrate Father's Day.
The new collection consists of shave gels and after-shaves that are specially formulated to work in tandem with the new shaving systems to deliver the ultimate in shaving closeness and comfort.