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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

brush with death

Fig. an instance of nearly dying. After a brush with death, Claire seemed more friendly and outgoing.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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