close call


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close call

 (klōs)
n. Informal
An outcome in which a bad result is narrowly averted.

close call

(kləʊs)
n
another expression for close shave

close′ call′

(kloʊs)
n.
a narrow escape from danger or trouble.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.close call - something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow marginclose call - something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
accomplishment, achievement - the action of accomplishing something
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Close behind him were two more--fifty yards perhaps--but the distance gave me time to snatch up the dead guardsman's shield, for the close call his hatchet had just given me had borne in upon me the urgent need I had for one.
"Now we are safe," I said, "but it was a close call -- so to speak.
You had a close call tonight, Rokoff; do not tempt fate a second time."
To close it and to have the pump started that would empty it were the work of but a minute; but we had had a close call.
'Twas a close call for the old Tryapsic I'm tellun' ye.
He approached the Heliumite without sign of fear, and when quite close called out the cheery Barsoomian "kaor" of greeting.
CALDY stayed two points clear at the head of North Two West but it was a close call against the lowly Cumbrian outfit.
Although the increase was one of the lowest in history, most landlords were satisfied with the outcome, considering that New York's weakening economy made the ruling a close call.
Life on Earth had a close call 250 million years ago, when 96 percent of marine species went belly up.
The close call brought back memories of 12 years ago, when the pub was hit by flooding with waters reaching waist height.
Polish Flame had bolted in by five lengths at Hamilton six days before, but it was a desperately close call here as he had only a short head to spare over gallant Lady Laureate.
Robbie McLaughlan's life has been one long close call. As a member of a London police squad acting on a tip about an imminent bank robbery, Robbie shoots and kills one of the would-be robbers who has taken a child hostage.