close shave

noun
\ ˈklōs- How to pronounce close shave (audio) , ˈklōsh-\

Definition of close shave

: a narrow escape

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for close shave

Synonyms

close call, near miss

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of close shave in a Sentence

I've had a few close shaves in my lifetime, but this one was the scariest. the passengers in the jeep had a close shave when a mine exploded just a few yards away

Recent Examples on the Web

Hamels hitting Arenado was only part of series of hit batsmen and close shaves Wednesday, events sparked when Colorado rookie Peter Lambert hit Kris Bryant twice in Tuesday night’s game. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: Breaking down how the Colorado bullpen has been a steadying force this season," 13 June 2019 As for majors, Fowler has had his share of close shaves. Sam Farmer And Tod Leonard, latimes.com, "Rickie Fowler has great start again, one stroke behind U.S. Open leader Justin Rose," 13 June 2019 France's dominance against a nervy South Korea was evident early on with a few close shaves nearly giving them the lead. SI.com, "France 4-0 South Korea: Report, Ratings and Reaction as Les Bleus Make Perfect World Cup Start," 7 June 2019 The writer delivered a moving speech, which began and ended with the late president's close shave with death in WWII. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Jon Meacham's Eulogy for George H.W. Bush: Read What the President's Biographer Had to Say," 5 Dec. 2018 Seattle improved to 2-2 with a win that will largely be remembered for injuries and a close shave that maybe wasn't necessary. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "The Final Word: Reviewing what went right in the Seahawks win over Arizona," 1 Oct. 2018 This pick can be used with or without a shaving brush and still yield an impressively close shave, which is purchase-worthy in itself. Amanda Arevalo, Allure, "Dermstore Is Having a Huge Sale on Grooming Products and Gifts for Father's Day," 11 June 2018 That film can dull your razor, not to mention add a barrier to a close shave. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Beauty Vlogger Jessie B Uses Olive Oil to Shave Her Bikini Line, But Is It Safe?," 12 June 2018 In winning the Oaks, Cox padded his career earnings by $564,200, enhanced his reputation and showed that beneath that 5 o’clock shadow lurks a man with a knack for close shaves. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Rising star Brad Cox keeps Kentucky Oaks trophy at home in Louisville," 4 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'close shave.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of close shave

1834, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about close shave

Statistics for close shave

Last Updated

21 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for close shave

The first known use of close shave was in 1834

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on close shave

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with close shave

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for close shave

Comments on close shave

What made you want to look up close shave? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

food or victuals

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!