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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 squeak

1. A victory or success that very nearly ended in failure. After his narrow squeak at the polls, the prime minister must find a way to instill confidence in the country at large once again. After a narrow squeak, they have managed to hold onto their league championship.
2. A situation in which danger or problems are barely avoided. We had just cleaned and tidied the fridge before the health inspector arrived. What a narrow squeak! The expedition had a very narrow squeak when an avalanche tore through the path from which they had just come.
See also: narrow, squeak

narrow squeak

Fig. a success almost not achieved; a lucky or marginal success; a problem almost not surmounted. That was a narrow squeak. I don't know how I survived. Another narrow squeak like that and I'll give up.
See also: narrow, squeak

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

narrow squeak

n. a success almost not achieved; a lucky or marginal success; a problem almost not surmounted. That was a narrow squeak. I don’t know how I survived.
See also: narrow, squeak
References in classic literature ?
I have just had a narrow escape. I always just miss being hung.
Summary: Cochin (Kerala) [India], May 27 (ANI): In a narrow escape, a Sri Lankan Airlines aircraft with 227 passengers on board hit a runway light at the Cochin Airport during take-off on Sunday evening.
Summary: Reigning Olympic champion weighlifter Matthias Steiner has had a narrow escape after dropping the bar on himself whilst competing.
4 : barely successful : close <We made a narrow escape.>
Two friends had a narrow escape as multiple blasts rocked a North east pub.
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.
A 75-YEAR-OLD man had a narrow escape after a leaking gas bottle caused an explosion in his first-floor flat in Crosby last night.
Summary: A scooter driver has had a narrow escape after her bike was crushed by a truck in Ningbo City, east China.
Summary: A Chinese truck driver has had a narrow escape after losing control of his vehicle and missing other trucks and a tunnel portal by inches.