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a narrow escape

Meaning: If you have a narrow escape, you survive a dangerous situation, but only just.

For example:

  • He had a narrow escape when he fell off his motorbike. If he'd fallen off a second earlier, he would have been killed by the truck that had just passed by.

  • Ken nearly lost all his money in the stock market crash, but he made a narrow escape thanks to a friend who told him to sell off his shares the day before it happened.

Quick Quiz:

While many people died in the explosion outside the market, my cousin had a narrow escape because
  1. he'd gone to live in a different city
  2. he'd left the market a minute before
  3. he died the next day in a hospital

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