close call

noun \ ˈklōs- \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of close call

: a narrow escape

Examples of close call in a Sentence

  1. We nearly didn't get out of the burning building. It was a pretty close call, let me tell you!

  2. the doctor said I'd had a close call, and was lucky to be alive

Recent Examples of close call from the Web

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First Known Use of close call

1881

close call Synonyms

Synonyms
close shave, near miss, hairbreadth escape, narrow escape, near escape
Related Words
squeaker
Near Antonyms
misfire

CLOSE CALL Defined for English Language Learners

close call

noun

Definition of close call for English Language Learners

  • : an escape that was almost not successful


CLOSE CALL Defined for Kids

close call

noun \ ˈklōs- \

Definition of close call for Students

: a barely successful escape from a difficult or dangerous situation


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