close call

\ ˈklōs- How to pronounce close call (audio) \

Definition of close call

: a narrow escape

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Synonyms for close call


close shave, near miss

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Examples of close call in a Sentence

We nearly didn't get out of the burning building. It was a pretty close call, let me tell you! the doctor said I'd had a close call, and was lucky to be alive

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Best Actress in a Leading Role Talk about a close call. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See If Your 2019 Oscars Predictions Match Up With the Projected Winners," 23 Feb. 2019 Samuelson said the relatively close call should help the Huskies moving forward. Pat Eaton-robb, The Seattle Times, "UConn holds off Buffalo for 26th straight trip to Sweet 16," 24 Mar. 2019 Several more close calls followed and finally, in 2014, Die Mannschaft earned that elusive fourth star. Brian Straus,, "Germany's World Cup Title Defense Aided By San Jose Earthquakes, Silicon Valley," 12 June 2018 The closest call for Manaea came in the sixth inning, when Andrew Benintendi hit a slow tapper to first baseman Matt Olson and avoided Olson's tag to reach safely at first base. Casey L Moore, USA TODAY, "Athletics' Sean Manaea throws no-hitter against Red Sox," 21 Apr. 2018 Following that close call, GreyCloud continued on to the Knockouts with Clarkson as her coach. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "How 'The Voice' Contestant Natasia GreyCloud Narrowly Escaped Elimination—Twice," 31 Oct. 2018 But that doesn't mean there haven't been close calls. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Discover New Details on How the "Great Dying" Nearly Ended Life on Earth," 28 Aug. 2018 That’s to prevent any collisions or even close calls. Washington Post, "WALL-E and EVE on their way to Mars with InSight," 5 May 2018 Consolidated – the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the U.S. Video monitoring helps train drivers and provides fleet managers with a window into what happens in accidents or close calls. Mike Freeman,, "San Diego's Lytx brings in new investors to support growth in fleet video technologies," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of close call

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of close call was in 1881

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English Language Learners Definition of close call

: an escape that was almost not successful

close call

\ ˈklōs- How to pronounce close call (audio) \

Kids Definition of close call

: a barely successful escape from a difficult or dangerous situation

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