near thing


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near thing

n.
Something that barely succeeds or nearly ends in failure or disaster.

near thing

n
informal an event or action whose outcome is nearly a failure, success, disaster, etc
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Noun1.near thing - something that barely avoids failure or disaster
avoidance, shunning, turning away, dodging - deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening
References in classic literature ?
But little Fyne, as I spied him next morning (out of the carriage window) speeding along the platform, looked very much like a common, flustered mortal who has made a very near thing of catching his train: the starting wild eyes, the tense and excited face, the distracted gait, all the common symptoms were there, rendered more impressive by his native solemnity which flapped about him like a disordered garment.
It was no use, though; something or other had happened to her brain--a change of focus so that near things were indistinct again.
It was the only decision possible but it was a near thing.
BARRY Manilow stopped himself punching me on the nose but it was a near thing.
And it was a near thing in Cardiff when Boro won the Carling Cup.
One driver reports that it was an extremely near thing and only took avoiding action at the last moment.
McCaw remembers that game of 15 months ago as a very near thing and it was even closer last night as the All Blacks kept the toughest challenge of all to last in their perfect year.
It was a near thing though and the game was into the last minute as Johnny Davis beat goalkeeper Brett Wilson for the crucial winning goal.
It was always a near thing and could have gone either way.
Thesps--including David Matthews (sans band), Drea de Matteo, Keith Carradine and Jane Fonda-off-spring Troy Garity--set off enough emotional tripwires to stave off bathos, but it's a near thing.
Even with these compromises, passage of SSDI proved a near thing.
But from all indications the decision to unleash the slaughter was a near thing, and had proper Leninist norms been observed it is not at all clear that the decision would not have gone the other way.