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narrow escape

Definitions

  • THE WORK OF THE BRIDGE-BUILDERS. A TOWER OF THE NEW EAST RIVER BRIDGE. THIS PHOTOGRAPH ALSO ILLUSTRATES THE NARROW ESCAPE OF JACK MCGREGGOR ON THE SWINGING COLUMN
    THE WORK OF THE BRIDGE-BUILDERS. A TOWER OF THE NEW EAST RIVER BRIDGE. THIS PHOTOGRAPH ALSO ILLUSTRATES THE NARROW ESCAPE OF JACK MCGREGGOR ON THE SWINGING COLUMN
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n narrow escape something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
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Quotations

  • Christopher Fry
    Christopher Fry
    “Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith.”
  • William Hazlitt
    William%20Hazlitt
    “Anyone who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.”

Usage

In literature:

I was assured that several who had tried had had narrow escapes from drowning.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
Incidentally, also, it was a narrow escape for me!
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
What a narrow escape that Bushman had.
"The Mission" by Frederick Marryat
The thane had indeed had a narrow escape from the burning hall, and had been left for dead by his pursuers.
"A King's Comrade" by Charles Whistler
He never escapes from the narrow circle of his own personality.
"Study of Child Life" by Marion Foster Washburne
Oh, I had a narrow escape, I can tell you!
"Left Tackle Thayer" by Ralph Henry Barbour
He made many narrow escapes.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
A narrow escape from a charging bull.
"Gold, Sport, And Coffee Planting In Mysore" by Robert H. Elliot
The narrow escapes were yet to come.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
In the narrow straits we escaped the heavy waves encountered at sea in a similar breeze.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
By removing from one to the other they avoided detection, though they had many narrow escapes.
"Secret Chambers and Hiding Places" by Allan Fea
Narrow Escape from Wreck.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
He fancied that La Tribe's mind, shaken by the horrors of the morning and his narrow escape, had given way.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
In regard to yourself, you've had a very narrow escape.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
This had been a most exciting chase and a very narrow escape; night only saved us from a New York prison.
"Sketches From My Life" by Hobart Pasha
It had a narrow escape of being blown to ruins by a shell that entered through the roof and exploded inside.
"Four Months Besieged" by H. H. S. Pearse
These orders were followed, and many exciting encounters and narrow escapes took place.
"A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" by Nephi Anderson
He came over to England, and had a narrow escape from falling into the hands of the police.
"The Life Story of an Old Rebel" by John Denvir
Narrow escapes were numerous.
"Tommy Atkins at War" by James Alexander Kilpatrick
You must have had a narrow escape last night.
"Mass' George" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

And JIMMY went down with his JANE that day,
And JOHN by the collar or nape
Seized everybody who came in his way
(And I had a narrow escape).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Thoughts hardly to be packed
Into a narrow act,
Fancies that broke through language and escaped;
All I could never be,
All, men ignored in me,
This, I was worth to God, whose wheel the pitcher shaped.
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning

In news:

Much of the sunlight that escapes into the Chilton County Jail seeps through narrow, tinted windows just big enough to provide a glimpse at the weather.
Narrow escape in barber shop crash.
Japan nuclear plant worker recalls narrow escape .
Shark attack victim talks about his narrow escape while surfing.
Bar owner's narrow escape from flooded basement.
Warner Recounts Narrow Escape From Mob Scene at Israeli Embassy in Cairo.
Michigan Rallies For Narrow Escape .
Gass describes a narrow escape from disaster in the middle of the night.
Japan nuclear plant worker recalls narrow escape.
Major General John Pope 's Narrow Escape at Clark's Mountain.
Chargers Shrug Off Narrow Escape.
The Worm Turns in Swamptown Violent Talk at the National Affairs Desk A Narrow Escape for Tex Colson Heavy Duty in The Bunker No Room for Gonzo.
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In science:

Photons emitted from such electrons/positrons can be in a narrow energy spectrum, and escape without producing pairs.
Photon Emission in a Cascade from Relativistic Protons Initiated by Residual Thermal Photons in Gamma-Ray Bursts
Although they claim that especially weak winds may be stifled entirely by infall, their numerical results always show the wind escaping through at least a narrow solid angle through the symmetry axis.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
We measure the energy resolution at 5.9 keV for the charge readout using a Fe-55 source. A background-subtracted spectrum of pulse heights is fitted with a narrow Gaussian for the full-absorption peak plus a wide Gaussian for the escape peak.
Transport properties of electrons in CF4
We examine the motion in off-equatorial lobes, pay special attention to the spin dependence of the stability of motion, and we notice the emergence of ‘potential valleys’ that allow the particles to escape from the equatorial plane along a narrow collimated corridor.
Transition from Regular to Chaotic Circulation in Magnetized Coronae near Compact Objects
The escaping tra jectories create a narrow, collimated structure parallel to the axis.
Transition from Regular to Chaotic Circulation in Magnetized Coronae near Compact Objects
We examine the motion in off-equatorial lobes, pay special attention to the spin dependence of the stability of motion, and we notice the emergence of ‘potential valleys’ that allow the particles to escape from the equatorial plane along a narrow collimated corridor.
Transition from regular to chaotic motion in black hole magnetospheres
Our solution will be to thin all the parts other than the escape sequences until the entire tower is so narrow that we can afford the error introduced by the various escape sequences.
Randomness and Non-ergodic Systems
If the Θ+ is narrow, it could escape detection if there is a gap in the database at the resonant energy, but the deuteron’s Fermi motion will spread it out so that it should be noticeable.
Experimental Search for Pentaquarks
We expect the escaping CR distribution to be far too narrow to allow a good fit to the GeV-TeV observations without a substantial contribution from IC photons.
Core-collapse model of broadband emission from SNR RX J1713.7-3946 with thermal X-rays and Gamma-rays from escaping cosmic rays
There are data from spacecraft observations of the Earth bow shock supporting the direct escape of a narrow distribution of accelerated particles (e.g., Scholer et al. 1980; Mitchell et al. 1983).
Core-collapse model of broadband emission from SNR RX J1713.7-3946 with thermal X-rays and Gamma-rays from escaping cosmic rays
Thus, the escape of He-ionizing radiation will occur through narrower opening angles than for H-ionizing radiation.
The Escape Fraction of Ionizing Radiation from Primordial Galaxies
Thus, as illustrated in Fig.9, a “shadow” of the chiral fixed point attracts the RG flows up to a certain scale, but eventually, the flow escapes away from such a “pseudo-fixed point” through a narrow channel in the parameter space and shows a runaway signaling a first-order transition.
Universality of phase transitions of frustrated antiferromagnets
While infrared arises from reprocessing of the AGN radiation captured by the torus, narrow line emission is generated by the radiation that has escaped the torus.
On the Unification of Active Galactic Nuclei
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