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close call

[klohs] /kloʊs/
noun
1.
a narrow escape from danger or trouble.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for close calls

close call

/kləʊs/
noun
1.
another expression for close shave
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Idioms and Phrases with close calls

close call

Also, close shave . Narrow escape, near miss. For example, That skier just missed the tree—what a close call , or That was a close shave, nearly leaving your passport behind . The first phrase dates from the late 1800s and comes from sports, alluding to an official's decision ( call ) that could have gone either way. The second, from the early 1800s, alludes to the narrow margin between closely shaved skin and a razor cut. (This latter usage replaced the much earlier equation of a close shave with miserliness, based on the idea that a close shave by a barber meant one would not have to spend money on another shave quite so soon.) Also see too close for comfort
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