American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal A narrow escape; a close call.
- n. A shave that is very short or near the skin.
- n. idiomatic A near accident or mishap; a dangerous or risky encounter or incident.
- n. something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
“Looking at him, Luminara suspected his smooth pate was the result of an intentional close shave as opposed to natural fur loss as in Bulgan's case.”
“Meanwhile, a Hare helicopter, which rose steeply behind Favorite to spy out the land, saw nothing at first; and when it tried again, from closer to the front, had such a close shave from a Blowpipe belonging to the Vandoos that it coyly dived, nap of the earth, behind the crest line.”
“I kept my nine A.M. appointment with General Butler, arriving ten minutes early after a close shave and a change into a fresh uniform.”
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