any of several malt beverages that are similar to beer but are usually considered nonalcoholic because they have an alcoholic content of less than ½ percent.
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- neapolitan ice cream,
- neapolitan sixth,
- near at hand,
- near east,
- near field communication,
- near gale,
- near islands,
- near miss
Origin of near beer
An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for near beer
Only wonder of nature I ever saw in Schoenstrom was my friend Mac trying to think he was soused after a case of near-beer.Free Air|Sinclair Lewis