close shave


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n close shave something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Close shave a very narrow escape
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  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “No barber shaves so close but another finds his work.”


Close shave - If you have a close shave, you very nearly have a serious accident or get into trouble.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceafan, scafan; Dut. schaven, Ger. schaben, L. scabĕre, to scrape, Gr. skaptein, to dig.


In literature:

But you had an almighty close shave, I can tell you that.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
They realize that it was a close shave.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
The man's face, a miracle of close shaving, had the same descending look of heaviness as his body.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
Never cared too much for electric razors; it didn't seem to me they shaved as close.
"Inside John Barth" by William W. Stuart
That war a close shave.
"Captain Bayley's Heir:" by G. A. Henty
Claggett Chew's head was shaved so close that the pale skin of his skull showed through the peppery stubble, making him seem bald.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
Had some close shaves.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
Some of you had a very close shave.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
My bedroom was close by, and I generally got up early, and shaved and finished my toilet at about 11 o'clock.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
So close a shave was it that I barely had time to screw my camera on the stand ere the Prince of Wales saluted the King and went ashore.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
It was a close shave!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
I wants thic feller shaved as close to his chin as may be.
"The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit" by Richard Harris
"Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast" by Louis Arundel
Keep the head close shaved, and frequently wash it with vinegar.
"Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles" by Daniel Hack Tuke
It was a close shave, but we were spared the loss of a dear comrade, and good soldier.
"From the Rapidan to Richmond and the Spottsylvania Campaign" by William Meade Dame
Some daring youths would shape as close a course as possible, shaving dangers by the narrowest margin.
"The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
They were strong, fair, and closely shaved, like well-to-do bourgeois.
"Waterloo" by Émile Erckmann
It was an awful close shave.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
It was not yet twelve, and though a close shave on being Christmas-day, our bill of fare was filled.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
Here we washed ourselves, and Wat set to shaving me and cutting my hair close, in order that if necessary I might wear a wig.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett

In poetry:

"Who but I?" sang out the mate.
"My cutlass glanced from his flinty pate
And shaved his ear off, close and clean,
Which I have in my pouch as dry as a bean."
"Show me," the old man stormed, "that ear
Of old Rochon the buccaneer!"
"Old Rochon" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

House-size asteroid gives Earth a close shave today.
Keith Hernandez close shave .
Shell Arctic Drillship's Close Shave .
Close shave for Britain's eBay athlete.
Still, when it comes to peacockery, it's no close shave.
Asteroid Toutatis Gives Earth a Cosmically Close Shave.
It wasn't Baker 's first close shave.
Surgical Clipper Attachment for Close Shave.
Medline Industries, Inc. Medline has developed a close-shave foil head attachment for clinicians (such as neurosurgeons) who still want a completely smooth surface not achievable with a regular clipper blade.
Asteroid Toutatis Gives Earth a Cosmically Close Shave.
I first attempted to shave my legs in the seventh grade, when the hair on my gams was so light and fine that if you looked closely at my shin, you could probably see your reflection.
Want to avoid ingrown hairs and razor burn while getting a close shave.
Ron Corning kicks off Movember with a clean close shave.
Ron Corning kicks off Movember with a clean close shave .
Him up, he mentions the problems he has getting a close shave around.