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English definition of “close shave”

close shave

noun [C] uk   /ˌkləʊsˈʃeɪv/ us    /ˌkloʊs-/ (also close call)
a situation in which you come extremely close to a dangerous or unpleasant situation or only just manage to avoid it: I had a close shave this morning, - some idiot almost knocked me off my bike.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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