close call

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

Definition of close call

: a narrow escape

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Barrington’s experience shows that the decision to put the cannabis question on the ballot can be a close call. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 11 July 2022 Zeigler has maintained his lead in some recent polling, though that’s been a close call as well. al, 19 June 2022 Thankfully for Waters, other than a close call next week in Chicago, the This Is Not a Drill Tour won’t cross paths with the spectacular After Hours Til Dawn tour for the remainder of the two treks. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 16 July 2022 Carrasco was peeved about a close call at first base in the first inning, when Jeremy Peña was initially called out on a double play, then ruled safe via replay review. Jake Seiner, Chron, 28 June 2022 How is that close call going to be affecting him moving forward? Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 22 June 2022 After a close call last week, Alabama returns to Bryant-Denny Stadium with just two home games left in the 2021 season. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 12 Nov. 2021 Nearly every woman in the small group had a story to tell of a close call at a recent protest. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 Roberts stole second on a close call, scored on a single by Bill Mueller, and the Sox won it in 12 on a David Ortiz homer. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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2 Aug 2022

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“Close call.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/close%20call. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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close call

noun
\ 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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