narrow squeak

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.
See also: narrow, squeak

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.
See also: escape, narrow, squeak

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
References in classic literature ?
They ought to have left before, when we had that narrow squeak from foundering.
I've been thinking of that night we had the narrow squeak," he began.
After the unnecessarily narrow squeak against AFC Wimbledon in the third round, Rodgers's side needed a second attempt to see off Championship side Bolton Wanderers.
BLACKS WON'T REPEAT MURRAYFIELD ERRORS Steve Hansen made 13 changes from the team which beat England for the narrow squeak against Scotland, clearly resting most of his stars for the Millennium Stadium meeting with Wales.
It was a narrow squeak from a game that should have been won easily, as they struggled to turn their openings into goals.
The Falcons boss has made seven changes for the Madejski Stadium clash as Newcastle search for the first Premiership win since the end of October, a narrow squeak against the Exiles when Shane Geraghty's matchwinning penalty was blown from the kicking tee.
But on the road Boro have won just one of their last five away games - and that was a narrow squeak 3-2 at bottom club Peterborough.
London, Oct 16 ( ANI ): A new breed of Dangermouse could soon be coming to the rescue of front-line troops, as scientists are trying to produce a real-life rodent that can sniff out landmines - avoiding many a narrow squeak for disposal experts.
Desi, 32, said: "It was a narrow squeak but apart from being tired noone is any the worse.
The swing in opinion behind the value of devolution - at least those provided to pollsters - has been marked since the narrow squeak of a win in the 1997 referendum which established the National Assembly.
Quite a narrow squeak considering it was a most emphatic victor y.
Bassaleg-based Phil Price, who had a narrow squeak keeping his card for this season on the all-time European Tour money-list, fired two birdies and four bogies in a two-over-par 74.
But it was a narrow squeak in the end as AP McCoy galvanised 15-8 jolly State Of Play on the run-in.
But after the disaster at Equitable Life and what looked like a narrow squeak at Standard Life (now going far better as a listed company), that is less appealing than it was.
This isn't meant to be a Lehmann rally - and I've put the metaphorical boot into the Gunners before - but I do hope he gets away from this narrow squeak.