(a) close call

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - a close call

"(a) close call"

a situation where something very unpleasant or dangerous nearly happens


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - a close call

"(a) close call"

the outcome is not able to be predicted because more than one possibility has a chance of success


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a close call

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Hey. The boss is coming.

Colleague 2: Quick. Hide the game screen and pretend like we were working.

Colleague 1: Did she see anything? We could get into a lot of trouble for playing computer golf over the company's network.

Colleague 2: No. I don't think the boss caught us.

Colleague 1: Phew. That was a close call. If she would have come in five seconds earlier, we would have been caught.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a close call

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Well, it has been a prolonged, heated debate over whether to change school policy on the dress code.

Friend 2: The school board votes tonight and I think it is going to be a close call. During the last meeting when this issue was discussed, it looked like there was an even split for and against the change.

Friend 1: It could go either way. I suppose we will just have to wait for the outcome of the vote to find out.

(a) close call - Usage:


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(a) close call - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a close call.

(a) close call - Examples:

1)  He had another close call in January 2006, when he was held hostage by ...

2)  Whether your candidate won or lost, the close call of this race indicates at least some of your friends and family don't ...

3)  But actually, if you look at polling, it's a pretty close call.

4)  A year later, I had a heart attack, a really close call.

5)   ...just short of revealing any state secrets, but we both knew it was a close call.

6)  This is a big commitment. If the decision to have a child is a close call, don't do it. No matter how much you estimate what the ...

7)  With the regular officials, after what appears to be a close call like this one, the side judge and back judge would confer with any ...

8)  ... swamps any concerns about interest payments on future debt. It's not even a close call. Failure to do so simply extends the period of heavy borrowing.

9)  ... analysts are hedging their bets about the meeting this week, saying it is a close call that the Fed will remain on hold ...

10)  All I'll say is that I think it's going to be a close call for whoever wins, and that anyone (on either side) who's ...

11)  Whenever I have a "close call" I appreciate what almost happened and didn't, as well as become ...

12)  ... of too many visits by the Reaper in my younger life, including a close call with a rare blood malignancy in my 20s. 

13)  ... and Japan have tried for decades to convince people that the axis defeat was a close call with no success whatsoever.

14)  Sounds like someone having a close call in getting caught doing something that they were not supposed to do, ...

15)  After a very traumatic induction and close call with the birth of my first baby, I was devastated and took a ...

16)  ... has these stats: 49% wander from safe settings, 2 in 3 have had a close call with traffic injury, 32% have had a close call with possible drowning, etc.

17)  ... see publicly that if we were to vote on the issue it would be a close call and either side could win.

18)  ... if there was adequate legal cause to open a case. It was a close call.

19)  ... that time, and, in fact, there was a car coming and a close call for a collision.

20)  We breathe a sigh of relief. It was a close call.