informal an event or action whose outcome is nearly a failure, success, disaster, etc
Why Do “Flammable” And “Inflammable” Mean The Same Thing?Why are these two words so confusing? Well, flammable and inflammable both mean “able to be set on fire.” Strangely, the "in" prefix in inflammable doesn't make the word mean "not flammable," as you might think.
Is There Such A Thing As A True Synonym?Thesauruses present a catalog of synonyms from which we may pick and choose words to put into our writing, but a thesaurus used alone is a very bad thing because there is no such thing as a true synonym. Every word has its particular place in the language.
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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