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close shave, close call, close

Auslan SignbankDictionary#225 close-shave
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As a Noun: 1. An event in which something bad, such as an accident or disaster, very nearly happened. Idiomatic English = close shave, close call. As a Verb or Adjective: 1. Of an accident or disaster, to very nearly happen. Idiomatic English = (be) a close shave, (be) a close call, (be) close, (be) very close. Interactive: 1. Used alone to express your perception that an accident or disaster very nearly happened. English = 'That was close!', 'That was a close shave!', 'That was a close call!'