something bad that almost happened; an escape that was almost not successful; a narrow escape from danger or disaster.
Sam had several close calls while he was learning to drive with his dad.
We almost got hit by another car driving over here – it was really a close call.
We nearly didn’t get out of the burning building. It was a pretty close call, let me tell you!
I had another close call though, because they grabbed a window seat between me and the door.
The traction from a good heel brake can help you escape many high-speed close calls.
Integral to those efforts is the implementation of a nonpunitive reporting system for errors and near misses or close calls.