close shave


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close shave

A narrow escape from or avoidance of a situation, often an unfavorable or dangerous one. I had a close shave this morning when a tractor trailer unexpectedly swerved into my lane.
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a close shave

 and a close call
a narrow escape. (See also .) Wow, that was a close shave. I thought the guard would spot us. The speeding car passed only a few inches from us—a real close call.
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a close shave

If someone has a close shave, they very nearly have a bad accident or very nearly suffer a defeat. It was a close shave — if I hadn't been paying attention we could both have been flattened. McGregor had a close shave when a 7ft polar bear ran at him while he was filming a documentary about the animals in Canada. Gingrich had a close shave in the 1990 general election.
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close shave (or call)

a narrow escape from danger or disaster. informal
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close shave

and close call
n. a narrow escape. The car passed this close to us—a real close call. Man, that was a close call!
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Anita Goode, who now specialises in close shaves for men.
The men's close shave will be featured on S4C's extreme sports series Adrenalin
However, electric shaving is harsher on the skin, as it strips away natural oils and usually requires the hairs to be dry and brittle to get a close shave.
Ian Atkins' (left) boys needed Lincoln to lose at home to Torquay to overhaul them on goal difference and land the finalplay-off place in Division Three - but despite a a close shave, Lincoln made their place safe late on.
IF LIVERPOOL manage to pip Manchester United to the title this season, they know it will be a close shave.
The close shave was a little too tight for August, but she added it probably kept the favored Wolverines sharp.
Aardman has received Oscar(R) nominations in the animated short film category for seven different films and has won three times for "Creature Comforts," "The Wrong Trousers" and "A Close Shave.
Very much your disposable razor, this triple blade required care and attention but still gave a very close shave.
Murphy runs a successful medical practice until the day when a close shave with a stray dog revives his long-dormant ability.
His close shave was witnessed by Greg Jordan, the firm's United States managing partner.
The sets of A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave are all thought to have been destroyed in the Bristol fire, along with those from Chicken Run - Aardman's first feature-length release.
Gourlay, who now spends most of the year playing in Australia, said: 'That was a close shave but I'm still in contention.
It was a close shave for David Swan when he lost his locks.
And when the Oscar nominations were announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences February 13th, Park's A CLOSE SHAVE, an Aardman Animations production, was nominated as Best Animated Short.
Aardman was founded in 1972 by David Sproxton and Peter Lord along with Nick Park, have received Oscar(R) nominations for seven different films and have won three times for "Creature Comforts," "The Wrong Trousers" and "A Close Shave.