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near thing

noun
  1. informal an event or action whose outcome is nearly a failure, success, disaster, etc
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Related Words for near thing

cliffhanger, squeaker

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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