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Close call   /kloʊs kɔl/   Listen
Close call

Something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin.  Synonyms: close shave, narrow escape, squeak, squeaker.

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"Close call" Quotes from Famous Books

... surgeon. "He has been shocked, and there is a bad bruise on one side, where he seems to have been struck by a stone thrown by the exploding shell. But a few days' rest will bring him around all right. Pretty close call, was it?" ...
— The Moving Picture Boys on the War Front - Or, The Hunt for the Stolen Army Films • Victor Appleton

... this trip, and while passing over the route again, I was jumped on by a band of Sioux Indians who dashed out from a sand ravine nine miles west of Horse Creek. They were armed with pistols, and gave me a close call with several bullets, but it fortunately happened that I was mounted on the fleetest horse belonging to the express company, and one that was possessed of remarkable endurance. Being cut off from retreat back to Horseshoe, I put spurs ...
— The Great Salt Lake Trail • Colonel Henry Inman

... have asked it," he said in a low voice. "Lord, but you are a wonder—to take that hurdle for no one that belonged to you, and to do it as you've done it. This country will rise to you." He looked back on the raging rapids far behind, and he shuddered. "It was a close call, and no mistake. We must have been within a foot of down-you-go fifty times. But it's all right now, if we can last it out and git there." Again he glanced back, then turned to the girl. "It makes me pretty sick to look at it," ...
— The Judgment House • Gilbert Parker

... down to taking things easy. He wanted them all to know that he had had a remarkably close call, and every little while he would heave a great sigh, to follow it with such ...
— Afloat - or, Adventures on Watery Trails • Alan Douglas

... throwing to earth a curious fish-tailed creature, which stands for perfidious Albion. "Frappe a Londres" is printed on one part of it, and "La Descente dans Angleterre" upon another. Struck to commemorate a conquest, it remains now as a souvenir of a fiasco. But it was a close call. ...
— Through the Magic Door • Arthur Conan Doyle

... "That was a close call, captain," remarked Duff as the two stood together five minutes later, clinging to ...
— Ralph Granger's Fortunes • William Perry Brown

... the colonel to himself, as he made a grab for the telephone to dictate a message telling the police of Sango, the Western city, to hold Spotty Morgan until he could come for him. "And so Spotty has confessed? Well, that let's me out, even if he did save my, life! But it was a close call!" ...
— The Diamond Cross Mystery - Being a Somewhat Different Detective Story • Chester K. Steele

... close call," exclaimed Fred with a sigh of relief, when at last he was certain not only that his friend was safe but that all the cargo and the skiff itself had been landed. "What happened to ...
— The Go Ahead Boys and Simon's Mine • Ross Kay

... Station Sergeant Gideon Spencer, of the fourth piece, had a close call. He was taking his piece from its position and passing along the Knoxville road. A high worm fence was standing by the side of the road and one of the slanting stakes in it hung out over the road so that the sergeant ...
— Campaign of Battery D, First Rhode Island light artillery. • Ezra Knight Parker

... later when the crisis had passed the doctors said that as nearly as they could figure out a case so unusual, Mr. Bass had had a very close call from being just naturally scrambled to death. I spoke at length of my former fellow townsman's powers, dwelling heavily upon the fact that, despite all, he never thickened up at the waistline. Throughout the narrative, however, the doctor punctuated my periods with derisive ...
— One Third Off • Irvin S. Cobb

... close call you girls had this afternoon," Walter remarked, as they left the little ...
— Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach - Or Strange Adventures Among The Orange Groves • Annie Roe Carr

... "That was a close call, Guy, that shot from the darkness. It must have come from the opposite side of the street, of course, from before your own lodgings. The bullet glanced upward in its course, ...
— The Crevice • William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander

Words linked to "Close call" :   achievement, narrow escape, accomplishment

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