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Near thing   /nɪr θɪŋ/   Listen
Near thing

Something that barely avoids failure or disaster.

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"Near thing" Quotes from Famous Books

... I felt that I had seen the woman who was to make me happy or miserable for life. You know how I proposed for her at Kenilworth, and how I was rejected, and how I almost shot myself in consequence—no, you don't know that, for I said nothing about it to anyone, but I can tell you it was a very near thing; and a very lucky thing for me I didn't do it: for,—would you believe it?—the dear girl was in love with ...
— Men's Wives • William Makepeace Thackeray

... knows how long we should have remained there had not one of the invalids grunted, "Caan't thee keep t' the rule o' the waater?" and I saw a dignified way out of the difficulty. I withdrew to the right, and we passed on with no animosity towards one another. Still, it was a near thing for the Entente. ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, Jan. 15, 1919 • Various

Words linked to "Near thing" :   dodging, turning away, shunning, avoidance

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