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brush with death

An experience in which one almost dies. I value my life a lot more since my brush with death in the accident.
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brush with death

Fig. an instance of nearly dying. After a brush with death, Claire seemed more friendly and outgoing.
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At least 1 in 10 people treated for cardiac arrest, a condition in which the heart stops pumping after it beats unusually quickly, describes mystical-seeming experiences that accompanied the brush with death, according to the largest survey to date of this phenomenon among heart patients.
But the brush with death two years ago may end up being only marginally less terrifying than his encounters with Emmerdale's queen bitch Kim Tate.