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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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 The good news is that the Seahawks now are on the plus side of the win-loss ledger in the close calls at 3-2. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "The Final Word: Bob Condotta reviews what went right in the Seahawks’ big win over the Panthers," 27 Nov. 2018 Vekic has had close calls against top players at Wimbledon before, losing to Venus Williams in 2016, and 10-8 in the third set to Johanna Konta last year. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Serena Williams Solves the Wimbledon Wind; Sloane Stephens Does Not," 2 July 2018 Rodgers won all five of his PGA Tour events in his 20s, and that included two close calls in the majors. NBC News, "Phil Rodgers, 5-time PGA Tour winner and noted teacher, dies," 27 June 2018 When debris blows onto the road or someone makes an unexpected turn, the difference between a close call and a total disaster is often decided in less than two seconds. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "When is it time to take away the car keys from older parents?," 21 June 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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