The reaction to the close call might not come till hours later.
They're all well now, 'cept Jake, and he'll come out all right, but we had a close call.
“It was a close call for me, Jerry,” said Harry, with a shudder.
Joel shivered, remembering the close call he had had from losing the game.
So he learnt the trade, and then he was all right—but it was a close call.