a close second

almost as successful as someone or something else

The Socialists came a close second with 36% of the vote.

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  • (a) close second — a close second phrase almost as successful as someone or something else The Socialists came a close second with 36% of the vote. Thesaurus: successfulsynonym Main entry: second …   Useful english dictionary

  • close — close1 W1S1 [kləuz US klouz] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(shut)¦ 2¦(move parts together)¦ 3¦(shut for period of time)¦ 4¦(stop operating)¦ 5¦(end)¦ 6 close an account 7¦(in money markets)¦ 8 close a deal/sale/contract etc 9¦(offer finishes)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • close — close1 [ klouz ] verb *** ▸ 1 shut ▸ 2 when business stops ▸ 3 stop use of road etc. ▸ 4 end/finish ▸ 5 reduce distance ▸ 6 stop business relations ▸ 7 finish business deal ▸ 8 put fingers around something ▸ 9 have value at end of day ▸ 10 join… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • close — I UK [kləʊz] / US [kloʊz] verb Word forms close : present tense I/you/we/they close he/she/it closes present participle closing past tense closed past participle closed *** 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] if you close something, or if it closes,… …   English dictionary

  • second — I adj. inferior 1) second to (second to none) placing after the first 2) to come in second (in a race) II n. one who ranks after the first 1) a close second assistant 2) a second to smb. 3) (misc.) seconds away! (in wrestling); seconds out! (in… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • second — sec|ond1 [ sekənd ] number *** 1. ) in the place or position counted as number two: This is the second program in a series on rural health. His horse finished second in the Kentucky Derby. second largest/biggest/most important etc.: Goteborg is… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Second Party System — The Second Party System is a term of periodization used by historians and political scientists to name the political system existing in the United States from about 1837 to 1852. The system was characterized by rapidly rising levels of voter… …   Wikipedia

  • close — 1 verb 1 SHUT (I, T) to shut something so that there is no longer a space or hole, or to become shut in this way: Ann closed her book and stood up. | close a door/window/gate: Would you mind if I closed the window? | close the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • second — I UK [ˈsekənd] / US noun [countable] Word forms second : singular second plural seconds *** 1) a) an extremely short period of time that is one of the 60 parts in a minute She won the 400 metres race in 51 seconds. Each commercial lasts for 30… …   English dictionary

  • second\ best — I. noun Something that is lower than or not quite as good as the best. Tom liked the deluxe model bicycle; but he could afford only a second best. Joan chose the best and Mary had to take the second best. There were ten boys in the race. Jack won …   Словарь американских идиом

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