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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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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death: Maggie O'Farrell 9.
The author laughs loudly and frequently, and when asked whether writing a memoir is a bit like writing your own obituary, she jokes, "18 brushes with death!?" But Maggie, 45, doesn't actually like being centre of attention ("I was never one of those kids who wanted to be in the school play, quite the opposite,") and you get the sense she'd much rather be at home in Edinburgh, swimming in the sea, or writing novels in the cracks of time that appear between looking after her three young children, than focusing on her darkest moments.
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death began as an extension of the diaries mum-of-three Maggie, 45, has kept since she was young.
Since then, her years in Weatherfield have been bursting with romance, humour and several brushes with death.
The 33-year-old is also hoping to draw a line under his own two brushes with death as he boosts Barts Charity's Transform Trauma Appeal - an event backed by the Irish Mirror.
His mum, Fiona, 37, who is also no stranger to brushes with death, said: "How he got out of the car alive I'll never know."
Conversely, the once highly touted Drkoop.com has had repeated brushes with death in the 14 months since it went public, only to be revived by lastminute capital infusions.
GEORGE DUFFIELD hit out yesterday at the increasing pressure on jockeys at both ends of the scale as he relived the trauma of his own brushes with death in light aircraft.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a set of disturbing symptoms thought to develop in some people after close brushes with death or other traumatic events, may often accompany other severe forms of mental illness.
SUNNY Z OUTLOOK Chico's still going strong after all his brushes with death
On his travels he had three brushes with death, including having his boat Roamer smashed against cliffs in the Atlantic.
Josh threatens Amanda, convinced she sent the threats - and she soon finds herself having several brushes with death. Peter catches Belle trying to break into a car, while Sally remembers the holiday in Italy she'd booked for her and Flynn.
Frano, of Petrinja, Croatia, who also jumped clear when his car careered down a cliff, said: "I never thought I was lucky to survive my brushes with death - I thought I was unlucky to be in them."
A schoolboy defied the odds, surviving three brushes with death to reach his 16th birthday.
Elaine's brushes with death happened after she moved to France in 1997 to teach English as part of her studies for a degree in Geography and French.