too close to call


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too close to call

impossible to guess the result in advance Tonight's semifinals match is too close to call.
Usage notes: usually said about a competition or an election
See also: call, close

too close to call

Resulting in too narrow a margin to make a decision, as in That ball didn't miss by much but it was too close to call, or The election was too close to call, so they decided to have a runoff. This expression comes from sports, where call has signified "a judgment" since the mid-1600s. In the 1960s it began to be applied to pre-election polls and then to the outcome of elections.
See also: call, close
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