a near thing

British
1) something that you almost failed to do or achieve

In the end we beat them 2–1, but it was a near thing.

2) a situation in which you just managed to avoid danger

It was a near thing – he caught her just as she was about to fall.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • near — I UK [nɪə(r)] / US [nɪr] adjective, adverb, preposition *** Summary: Near can be used in the following ways: as a preposition: I lived near the school. ♦ I ll write and let you know nearer the time. as an adverb: Come nearer, and I ll tell you… …   English dictionary

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