from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A narrow escape; a close call.
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- n. A shave that is very short or near the skin.
- n. A near accident or mishap; a dangerous or risky encounter or incident.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
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"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.