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Close shave   /kloʊs ʃeɪv/   Listen
Close shave

Something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin.  Synonyms: close call, narrow escape, squeak, squeaker.

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"Close shave" Quotes from Famous Books

... "Yes, it was a close shave," replied Gunson, who hardly spoke again to us, but went below; and soon after we two were fast asleep, forgetful of all the ...
— To The West • George Manville Fenn

... on his knees, but by a quick powerful upthrust of his legs he regained his upright position. However, it had been a close shave for Weir, for he well knew that his opponent would use any tactics, fair or foul, to kill him if he once lay on ...
— In the Shadow of the Hills • George C. Shedd

... once, when off Hole Haven, the brute took a sudden sheer and nearly had a barge anchored just clear of the fairway. But I was aft, looking after the steering, and she did not catch me napping that time. Charley came up on the poop, looking very concerned. 'Close shave,' says he. ...
— A Set of Six • Joseph Conrad

Words linked to "Close shave" :   squeaker, squeak, narrow escape, achievement, accomplishment, close call

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