a narrow escape
Meaning: If you have a narrow escape, you survive a dangerous situation, but only just.
- 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.
While many people died in the explosion outside the market, my cousin had a narrow escape because