看绝望的主妇学高频短语:A close call

A close call: A situation in which something bad, unpleasant, or dangerous almost happens, but you manage to avoid it. As in We almost got hit by another car driving over here – it was really a close call.

中文释义:死里逃生、侥幸脱险、有惊无险。“A close call” 起源于十九世纪八十年代。“Close call” 来自运动比赛,因为call这个词可以指运动比赛的裁判员对比赛的裁定。而 “a close call” 原来是指比赛中的“擦边球”。后来,“a close call” 逐渐被转用到其它方面,指千钧一发甚至是九死一生的局面。例句:I finally finished my work. It was really a close call.(我最终完成工作了,真是悬呀。)

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