a close call

a close call

 
1. a situation where something very unpleasant or dangerous nearly happened We managed to get out of the car before it caught fire, but we had a very close call. The business survived, but it was a close call.
2. if a competition or an election is going to be a close call, more than one person has a good chance of winning It's going to be a close call. The vote could go either way.
See also: call, close
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He is standing at the third-base end of the Lancaster Municipal Stadium dugout when a close call at home plate goes against the Modesto A's.