- a narrow escape
- a near-death experience
- an accident that could have been eluded
- a shave in which the hair is cut very short or close to the skin (literally)
A person who survives a close shave closely avoids being killed or endangered to other forms of disaster. A close shave is an idiom that refers to the image of a barber shaving a client with a straight-edge razor, which is tremendously sharp and can be fatal if not used properly. The barber shaves a man’s beard as carefully as possible to get rid of disaster without cutting him.
- I had a close shave last month. A motorist almost knocked me off my bike.
- In the last few days, I have experienced a lot of close shaves in my life.
- Moses has experienced three car accidents, including a few close shaves, while on his way to work.
- John Scott has had a close shave with a scarring Pleasanton bag.
- It was a close shave for foreign tourists as their moving bus suddenly caught fire.
The idiom “close shave” has been used for more than a hundred years. Words related to close shave include close, close reach, close season, close ranks, close-reefed, close shot, closestool, closet, close drama, and close stitch. The phrase “a close shave” first appeared between 1825 and 1835, which was referred to as Americanism.
backhanded compliment ❯❮ silver spoon
Idiom of the Day
Meaning: progress very quickly
Example: Regan's reading skills are coming on in leaps and bounds with the new teacher. Read on
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