"It was a near thing--a michty near thing," he admitted in the square.
It has been touch and go with you for the last quarter of an hour; and a near thing for me too.
It was a near thing, for, hard as we went, we were only just in time to prevent the leaders from plunging into the river.
It was a near thing though, and if I had not met you as I did, we should scarcely have done it.
"It was a near thing—a michty near thing," he admitted in the square.
I was just back in time not to have to bury him, but it was a near thing.'
She was his nearest; she indeed was the only near thing there had ever been in his life.
Somehow her own death seemed a near thing, but she did not care.
He knew it would be a near thing between them, as the round would take him several miles out of his way.
It was a near thing for the Frank, Gymbert, let me tell you.
Something that barely succeeds or nearly ends in failure or disaster: It was a near thing, but I kept my job (British)