Close Shave

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To escape a dangerous situation very closely or to avoid some errors with a slight margin

Etymology:

  • This term was used by Americans in the 19th century. This idiom has been derived from the practice of shaving. When a person is shaving with the help of razor, he is seconds far from a cut or burn. Any wrong razor move could lead to cuts. A shave delivers smooth skin if done carefully. It means that one can escape a dangerous situation very closely. There is no room left for an error in a close shave. This expression was given different meanings later and was used accordingly.
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The lookout crew on the Titanic thought they did not hit the iceberg and it was a close shave.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Close Shave':

close shaveA near accident or mishap; a dangerous or risky encounter or incident.
close shaveA shave that is very short or near the skin.
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