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close call

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noun
  1. a narrow escape from danger or trouble.
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Origin of close call

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for close call

close call

noun
  1. another expression for close shave
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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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