close shave

\ 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 The Phillips electric shaver is perfect for getting a close shave. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Razors for Women Looking to Achieve a Smooth Shave—and Chicer Shower—in 2021," 20 Apr. 2021 The $9 razor provides such a close shave and silky smooth results that shaving is actually worth the chore. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, "This $9 Razor Subscription Gives Me The Closest Shave I’ve Ever Had," 9 Apr. 2021 Best for those who like a close shave, this has self-sharpening blades and heads that can flex in four different directions to contour to your face and neck. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Electric Razors For the Finest Shave," 18 Mar. 2021 The Razor Starter Kit took first place for its user-friendly design, close shave and overall durability. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "The best beauty and grooming products we tested in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Isaiah Sizenbach only winced once as Juan Rodriguez pressed the barber clippers down for a close shave above the 6-year-olds ears before in-person school starts Tuesday. Vincent T. Davis,, "Community group and residents help families prepare for new school year," 6 Sep. 2020 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

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First Known Use of close shave

1834, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2021

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“Close shave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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