narrow escape

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Noun1.narrow escape - something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow marginnarrow escape - something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
accomplishment, achievement - the action of accomplishing something
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I have just had a narrow escape. I always just miss being hung.
And they may unfold a tale of narrow escape, of steady ill-luck, of high winds and heavy weather, of ice, of interminable calms or endless head-gales; a tale of difficulties overcome, of adversity defied by a small knot of men upon the great loneliness of the sea; a tale of resource, of courage - of helplessness, perhaps.
'In my early life I had a narrow escape from death by poisoning.
The narrow escape of Molly Seagrim, with some observations for which we have been forced to dive pretty deep into nature.
Lieutenant Albert Werper had only the prestige of the name he had dishonored to thank for his narrow escape from being cashiered.
These had reached Astoria nearly a month previously, and, judging from their own narrow escape from starvation, had given up Mr.
Once the channel became so small that I had a narrow escape of being crushed against the rocky roof, and after that I took the precaution of lying flat upon my precious bales.
`That WAS a narrow escape!' said Alice, a good deal frightened at the sudden change, but very glad to find herself still in existence; `and now for the garden!' and she ran with all speed back to the little door: but, alas!
Of course I started off directly to inquire if Lady Malkinshaw had had another narrow escape of dying before me.
He had crossed that parched and desolate country of the dead himself and he knew from his own experience and the narrow escape he had had from succumbing to its relentless cruelty no lesser man could hope to win his way to safety from any considerable distance within its borders.
If you knew the man as I do, you'd think that we had had a narrow escape."
She was too grateful for their narrow escape to feel vindictive and might have convinced herself they had merely endured a bad nightmare if it had not been for the shiny Victrola; the sight of it underscored the whole experience and she wished there were some way to get rid of the thing, a wish that was echoed even more fervently by Martin.