narrow escape(redirected from a 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!
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.