What does “brush with death” mean?

The phrase “brush with death” is used to refer to a time or situation when someone was very close to dying, as in a dangerous situation like a car accident where a person survives, a person can say they had a “brush with death”.

Here’s an example of it’s usage:

“Brush with Death” In a Sentence

"Yesterday, my car skidded off the freeway.  Luckily my 
airbag went off and saved me - I had a real brush with 

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