close shave

\ˈklōs-, ˈklōsh-\

Definition of close shave 

: a narrow escape

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Synonyms for close shave


close call, near miss

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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

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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 There is no fancy chair for those very close shaves. Chris Jones,, "Theo Ubique says farewell to the No Exit with well-sung 'Sweeney Todd'," 13 Mar. 2018 On February 4, 4:30 EST, an asteroid known as 2002 AJ129 will give the Earth a close shave. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "That Remarkably Close and Speedy Asteroid Isn't Going To Hit the Earth," 22 Jan. 2018 Written as an extended letter to her unborn child, the book documents her close shaves and escapes alongside her musings on theology and life. Erin Vanderhoof, Vanities, "Louise Erdrich on the Bush Era-Inspired Dystopia in Future Home of the Living God," 16 Nov. 2017 Meanwhile Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs will be eager to get the fans back on side after a string of unimpressive results, culminating in a close shave victory against Barnsley at Wembley midweek., "Jamie Redknapp Backs West Ham Forward to Be a 'Nightmare' Player Against Tottenham," 22 Sep. 2017 The government says this close shave had no influence on its decision to narrow the eligibility criteria yet more before this year’s election. The Economist, "No contestOnly one Singaporean is fit to be president," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of close shave

1834, in the meaning defined above

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