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near thing

(informal) an event or action whose outcome is nearly a failure, success, disaster, etc
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  • It has been touch and go with you for the last quarter of an hour; and a near thing for me too.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • It was a near thing though, and if I had not met you as I did, we should scarcely have done it.

    Frank Fairlegh Frank E. Smedley
  • "It was a near thing—a michty near thing," he admitted in the square.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • Come along, sir; it's been a near thing, but we have just time if we gallop for it!

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
  • He says that it's been a near thing, but with careful nursing he may pull round.

    The Hero of Garside School

    J. Harwood Panting
  • Houck knew that it would be a near thing if his party got away in time.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • It was a near thing, but the lieutenant had taken his measures correctly.

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
  • "It will be a near thing, senor," one of them said, towards morning.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • I was just back in time not to have to bury him, but it was a near thing.'

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • She was his nearest; she indeed was the only near thing there had ever been in his life.

    The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

    H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Slang definitions & phrases for near thing

near thing

noun phrase

Something that barely succeeds or nearly ends in failure or disaster: It was a near thing, but I kept my job (British)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with near thing

near thing

Something just barely effected, as in That election was a near thing—he won by a handful of votes. [ Mid-1700s ]
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