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close call

[klohs] /kloʊs/
a narrow escape from danger or trouble.
Origin of close call
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was a tough fight and a close call and old Jim was laid up in his cabin for many a day afterward.

  • The reaction to the close call might not come till hours later.

    Slingshot Irving W. Lande
  • It was a close call, but the Federal Spy didn't lose his head in Richmond that night.

    The Boy Spy Joseph Kerby
  • He'd had a close call, you see, and had what Garth called a change of heart.

    Two on the Trail Hulbert Footner
  • Yes, agreed Bobby soberly as he gazed into the fire, it was a close call.

    Bobby Blake on a Plantation Frank A. Warner
British Dictionary definitions for close call

close call

another expression for close shave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for close call

close shave

noun phrase

A very narrow avoidance or evasion of some danger; squeaker (1834+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with close call

close call

Also, close shave . Narrow escape, near miss. For example, That skier just missed the tree—what a close call , or That was a close shave, nearly leaving your passport behind . The first phrase dates from the late 1800s and comes from sports, alluding to an official's decision ( call ) that could have gone either way. The second, from the early 1800s, alludes to the narrow margin between closely shaved skin and a razor cut. (This latter usage replaced the much earlier equation of a close shave with miserliness, based on the idea that a close shave by a barber meant one would not have to spend money on another shave quite so soon.) Also see too close for comfort
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