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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But Garcia's shot was high and wide, a close call that prompted a collective gasp from the U.S. faithful. Tom Withers,, "U.S. men’s soccer team routs Trinidad & Tobago 6-0 in the Gold Cup," 22 June 2019 That would mean more than 5,000 children in Florida have had close calls in the past 10 years. Catie Wegman,, "Summer is prime-time for drownings: How to protect your kids," 17 June 2019 Give her the slight edge over BELLE LAURA in a close call. Mike Battaglia, The Courier-Journal, "Mike Battaglia's free expert picks for Saturday's races at Churchill Downs," 7 June 2019 There were close calls both before and after that blow-up, starting in 1999 at Pinehurst, when Mickelson brought a pager with him in case his expecting wife, Amy, went into labor with the couple’s first child, Amanda. Eddie Pells, The Denver Post, "Pebble Beach gives Phil Mickelson last, best chance at elusive U.S. Open," 7 June 2019 In his speech, Hancock treated his win as a full-on victory, not a close call. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Denver mayor’s race: Michael Hancock defeats Jamie Giellis, winning a third and final term," 4 June 2019 The Philippines tends to get hit nearly every year, the Carolinas far less frequently though with lots of close calls, Maue said. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind," 16 Sep. 2018 After three close calls, Cameron Burrell finally has his individual national title. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH's Cameron Burrell wins 100-meter dash to earn first individual NCAA title," 8 June 2018 In a season when stars shone bright, The Crossover staff was faced with several close calls. The Crossover Staff,, "The Crossover's 2018 NBA Awards: A Rookie of the Year Battle for the Ages," 11 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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