A barely successful flight from or avoidance of danger or trouble, as in He had a narrow escape, since the bullet came within inches of his head. This expression uses narrow in the sense of “barely sufficient.” [Late 1500s] For a newer synonym, see close call.
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How to use narrow escape in a sentence
As absurd as it may sound in the wake of such a narrow escape, the really tough political fights still lie ahead.Congress’s Fiscal-Cliff Chaos: House Passes Last-Minute Deal | John Avlon | January 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I knew then that Owen had had a narrow escape, and but for the fleetness of foot of Evan he would surely have been slain.A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
So we had a narrow escape, thought I; these fellows would have attacked us, I doubt not, had we not gone on that night.Confessions of a Thug | Philip Meadows Taylor
After his narrow escape, Rory was soon at the head of a band, and burning villages as busily as ever.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
When he picked up a piece as large as a saucer beside my pillow, I realized my narrow escape.
The next day quite a number of the garrison were killed or wounded, and Colonel Smith himself had a narrow escape.Elsie's Vacation and After Events | Martha Finley