這個表達的本意是 “死裡逃生，僥幸逃脫困境”，用在描述人成功逃離危險，避開困境的語境中。在日常生活中，這個表達也會被誇張地用來描述 “逃脫窘境”。
The speeding car nearly hit him! What a narrow escape!
As soon as I got home it started to rain outside – it was a narrow escape!
I had a narrow escape by leaving my job – the company I had just left went bankrupt!