Definition of close shave in English:

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close shave

Pronunciation: /ˌklōs ˈSHāv/


1A shave in which the hair is cut very short.
Example sentences
  • Secondly, it softens the hair, offering a close shave.
  • If good grooming is more his game, then the store has a stylish chrome shaving rack complete with everything he needs for a close shave: gel, razor, cloth and mirror.
  • It has triple blades for an extra close shave and built-in shaving solid for extra softness.
2 informal A narrow escape from danger or disaster.
Example sentences
  • There was a close shave when I jumped from the jet ski as there was nowhere to put any safety rigs.
  • They are laughing about it now but it will be different when it sinks in and they realise what a close shave they have had.
  • There have certainly been a number of fire rescues before this period and a few close shaves since.

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Syllabification: close shave

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