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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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a ˌclose ˈshave/ˈcall

(informal) a situation where a disaster, an accident, etc. almost happens: We didn’t actually hit the other car, but it was a close shave.Phew! That was a close call — she nearly saw us!
See also: call, close, shave

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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close call/shave, a

A narrow escape, a near miss. Both phrases are originally American. The first dates from the 1880s and is thought to come from sports, where a close call was a decision by an umpire or referee that could have gone either way. A close shave is from the early nineteenth century and reflects the narrow margin between smoothly shaved skin and a nasty cut from the razor. Both were transferred to mean any narrow escape from danger. Incidentally, a close shave was in much earlier days equated with miserliness. Erasmus’s 1523 collection of adages has it, “He shaves right to the quick,” meaning he makes the barber give him a very close shave so that he will not need another for some time. Two synonymous modern clichés are too close for comfort and too close to home.
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References in classic literature ?
"A close shave," thought De Vac, as he again took up the child and prepared to gain the dock.
"You're doing well, my friend," he said to the fellow with the bandaged head, "and if ever any person had a close shave, it was you; your head must be as hard as iron.
It was a close shave. Then there was my old enemy, the hyena.
I think that we have had a close shave ourselves of being arrested for the crime."
"Close shave," said Captain Anthony in an indifferent voice just raised enough to be heard in the wind.
This made him more evil-looking than ever, and when he glared viciously at me I remembered with a shiver the close shave I had had with him at the time of his previous arrest.
"I say, old man, that was a close shave," said the manager, pawing him over to see if he had been hit.
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"We put up a safety triangle and switched on the hazard lights of the pick-up, yet had several close shaves with some cars missing us narrowly.
The programme reveals for the first time their close shaves with falling rocks, sled accidents and wild seas which included the 55-year-old shattering her knee and ankle.
JAMES BOND has a few close shaves in the new movie Spectre, out now.
CORONATION STREET Mon, Wed, Fri ITV Following Peter and Tina's exploits and close shaves over the past couple of weeks, no wonder the alcoholic's nerves are shredded and he needs a snifter.
Getting as many details as we can about Apophis's size, composition, mass and rotation during this pass could help scientists refine their calculations for those expected close shaves.
No soap affair is complete without a few close shaves.
Jennifer said: "My narrow escape in Iraq was just one of several close shaves. After returning, my life was going downhill." Jennifer, who has ridden horses since she was a child, was awarded a pounds 400 bursary from Northumberland Sport's Bringing the Games Closer project, supported by the English Federation of Disability Sport, to train as a showjumping coach.