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Close call


Near disaster. ‘Call’ refers to an incident and ‘close’ means it nearly was a big problem or even fatal. (Compare to Miss by a hair, Close shave,  Narrow escape or Brush with the law.)

 My wife had a close shave when a car went through a red light and nearly collided with hers.”


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