near thing


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near thing

n.
Something that barely succeeds or nearly ends in failure or disaster.
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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
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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.
Gordonians captain Mayank Bhandari said: "We batted well, building on last week's near thing at Broughty Ferry.
But it was a near thing. True, my grandfather came to the country in the last century's first decade, and by the end of the Roaring Twenties was a company president living in a mansion in Far Rockaway.
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.
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.
Yet Monday's vote was a near thing; just 61 senators voted to overcome a Republican filibuster, including seven GOP lawmakers who were willing to incur the wrath of their tea party colleagues and cast a vote for tolerance and equality.
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." said Rhyl captain Dave Trickett.
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. Theatrical chances look dim.
Even with these compromises, passage of SSDI proved a near thing. A change in one or two votes would have defeated the measure.