a narrow brush with death
- The brush with death I had maybe had the biggest impact on me.
- Someone doesn't have a near brush with death; he or she has a'life-affirming experi-ence'.
- In his job he's had frequent brushes with death.
- Jimmy recalled, his large gray eyes misting over as he detailed the events of his brush with death.
- He backed the car into the space with a narrow margin to spare.