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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]
See also: near, thing

a close/near ˈthing


a close-run ˈthing

1 a competition, an election, a race, etc. which you only just succeed in winning: I know we won, but believe me, it was a near thing. They could easily have beaten us.
2 a punishment, an accident, etc. which you only just avoided: The police searched the house but they didn’t find him. It was a close-run thing.
See also: close, near, thing
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This shock result opened the door for defending champions Llay RBL to move on to equal points with Fairfield after narrowly pipping GOS Acton 4-3 in another near thing,at Llay.
Leicester's first near thing came when Marshall was released down the right flank but frustratingly whacked a wonderful chance wide.
The only near thing at the other end saw Schwarzer claw away a close-range Obafemi Martins effort.
Promoted from the First Division in September, struggling hosts Newton were beginning to fear they could be heading straight back after failing to register a win before this tense finish saw them snatch a desperately near thing - with two deliveries to spare
NEAR THING Leigh Griffiths is thwarted by Salzburg keeper Peter Gulacsi
AGONYHibs' Paul Hanlon holds his head in his hands after another near thing and, above right, Ian McShane nets Queens' winner
Near thing Niall McGinn misses a late chance at Dingwall
As well as Hunt's goal and near thing, Conway and Barry Robson went close in a 45 minutes of one-way traffic.
Glentoran had another desperately near thing on 66 minutes when one of Walker's superb corners was headed solidly against the Newry cross bar by Glendinning.
So I have learned from that near thing and will make certain that I will not make the same mistake again.
It was a cruel finish to a magnificent effort but Harrington should be able to gain confidence from that near thing and, with this week's tournament taking place on a links course, he will give himself every chance of success.
There was a near thing in the Clyde box seconds later when Sacko played an inviting ball across goal but Ebanda just couldn't get on the end of it.
The only near thing was a penalty shout by Millar, who insists he was pushed in the back on the point of shooting.
Alan said: "Don't get me wrong, I'm as much as a patriot as the next man, be it Murrayfield, Hampden or Andy Murray's next near thing at a grand slam.
There was a near thing at the other end seconds later when Sacko played an inviting ball across goal but Ebanda just couldn't get on the end of it.