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informal an event or action whose outcome is nearly a failure, success, disaster, etc
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Words nearby near thing
nearshore, nearside, nearsighted, nearsightedness, near-term, near thing, near threatened, nearthrosis, near to one's heart, neat, neaten
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How to use near thing in a sentence
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
It was a near thing, and Conal used his tongue pretty freely when he talked of it.The Pioneers|Katharine Susannah Prichard
It was a near thing for the doctor, however, and two minutes more of that grip would have done for him.Black Rock|Ralph Connor
The Duke of Wellington used to say that "In every case, the winning of a battle was always a damned near thing."Drake, Nelson and Napoleon|Walter Runciman
Other 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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