close shave

\ ˈklōs- How to pronounce close shave (audio) , 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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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,, "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., "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

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First Known Use of close shave

1834, in the meaning defined above

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