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Example sentences from the Web for close call
In the broader context of humanity’s fight against infectious disease, it’s fair to think of the coronavirus as a close call.Smallpox used to kill millions of people every year. Here’s how humans beat it.|Kelsey Piper|February 5, 2021|Vox
There were close calls, low moments and embarrassing predicaments, such as Denver having to play without a quarterback.The Cleveland Browns were an NFL feel-good story. Then the coronavirus got jealous.|Jerry Brewer|January 6, 2021|Washington Post
What started as a peaceful morning of kayaking turned into a close call for two friends at Avila Beach.A pair of kayakers in California barely avoid being swallowed by a humpback whale|Des Bieler|November 4, 2020|Washington Post
Based on polling, it’s a close call whether it garners the 60 percent of the vote necessary to pass.The 21 Ballot Measures We’re Watching This Election|Nathaniel Rakich (email@example.com)|October 31, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Avalanche professionals also share stories of close calls and mistakes to gather more data and learn how to prevent future fatalities.
Hopefully not overly close, but we talk about it in the episode how similar it is.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The two strengthened ties over the years and now Krauss considers Epstein a “close” and “considerate” friend.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Ney said McDonnell needs to “keep a stiff lip” and stay in close contact with family members.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I got to work on all of it—and Epstein kept close tabs on me.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So in that sense we have gotten close to the families that have lost loved ones, be it from one side or the other.
Squinty could look out, but the slats were as close together as those in a chicken coop, and the little pig could not get out.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
On the upper part of the stem the whorls are very close together, but they are more widely separated at the lower portion.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
Everything is topsy-turvy in Europe according to our moral ideas, and they don't have what we call "men" over here.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
It was close upon twelve o'clock, and the "Rooms" had been open to the public for two hours.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
In the close relation and affection of these last days, the sense of alienation and antagonism faded from both their hearts.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for close call
Idioms and Phrases with 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.