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5 Idioms with «Call»

1. close call = 1. a dangerous situation that you have just succeeded in avoiding (опасная ситуация; критическая ситуация) 2. if an election is going to be a close call, more than one person has a good chance of winning (минимальное преимущество)

Last year I had a very close call when I contracted meningitis. After getting out of intensive care and returning home I felt a new lease of life.

Bus passengers had a very close call when they escaped just seconds before the vehicle was swallowed by a sink hole.

The election was a very close call – we won by just over 300 votes.

The election was a close call and the Mayor did all that he could to manipulate it.


2. to call someone names = to use insulting words to describe someone (обзывать; оскорблять)


All the kids were mean to him and called him names.

His classmates mocked him and called him names.


3. to call it a day = to decide that it's time to finish the work you're doing; to stop some activity (закончить работу; прекратить какое-либо дело)

Let's call it a day and take a little rest.

After 18 years as a band they have decided to call it a day.

4. to call a spade a spade = to say the truth about something, even if this is rude (говорить прямо; называть вещи своими именами)

Let's call a spade a spade: the British and French peoples do not want their countries to disappear under a flood of the Third World immigrants.

It's time to call a spade a spade and face the facts.


5. to call a halt (to something) = to stop something, often by a formal decision (остановить; прекратить)


We decided to call a halt to the project.

They finally called a halt to the attack after four days of battle.


Answer the questions.

1. Have you ever had a close call that changed the way you live life?

2. Have you ever been called names? How did that make you feel?

3. What are some idioms similar to 'call it a day'?

4. Do you tend to be nice and polite, or do you 'call a spade a spade', and say exactly what is on your mind?

5. When doing a search for information, when do you call a halt? Why?


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