close shave

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

Definition of close shave

: a narrow escape

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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 Buffalo Bills’ offense has new look following Brian Daboll’s close shave. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Could this be the Nuggets’ 2019-20 city edition jersey?," 19 Nov. 2019 Don’t yank your skin for a closer shave: Stretching your skin tight during shaving can allow the tips of the remaining hair to shrink back into your skin and grow there, the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "We Asked Dermatologists How to Prevent Those Painful Ingrown Hairs by Your Vulva," 8 Aug. 2018 An asteroid bigger than the Eiffel Tower hurtled past Earth early on Saturday at a speed of 10,400 miles per hour, missing us by 4.6 million miles — not quite a close shave, but not so far in astronomical terms. NBC News, "Huge asteroid misses Earth but spotlights threat posed by space rocks," 10 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of close shave

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Close shave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/close%20shave. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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