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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. 2018.
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  • The reaction to the close call might not come till hours later.


    Irving W. Lande
  • They're all well now, 'cept Jake, and he'll come out all right, but we had a close call.

    Warrior Gap Charles King
  • “It was a close call for me, Jerry,” said Harry, with a shudder.

  • Joel shivered, remembering the close call he had had from losing the game.

  • So he learnt the trade, and then he was all right—but it was a close call.

    The American Claimant Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for close call

close call

another expression for close shave
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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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