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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Desi, 32, said: "It was a narrow squeak but apart from being tired noone is any the worse."
But it might be a narrow squeak. All the talk about the roof this week looks likely to be a red herring as the weather forecast is fine.
But it was a narrow squeak in the end as AP McCoy galvanised 15-8 jolly State Of Play on the run-in.
There was a narrow squeak at the quarter final stage for the double champion where he edged out a luckless Danny Edkins (Griff) 21-20 but from then on there was nothing to stop the Wilnecote youngster as he again proved too hot for Maher who went down 21-12 in the last four.
CUDDLES the hamster had a narrow squeak when he fell 12 feet down a neighbour's chimney and survived.
But it was a narrow squeak with flying Finn Marko Rajamaki hitting a spectacular 83rd- minute equaliser as he swept home a pass from Derek Lilley.