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near thing

(informal) an event or action whose outcome is nearly a failure, success, disaster, etc
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near thing

noun phrase

Something that barely succeeds or nearly ends in failure or disaster: It was a near thing, but I kept my job (British)

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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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