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next to nothing

Almost nothing; a very small amount. It says a lot about our society that teachers get paid next to nothing while some celebrities do next to nothing and get paid millions.
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next to nothing

Fig. hardly anything; almost nothing. This car's worth next to nothing. It's full of rust. I bought this antique chair for next to nothing.
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next to ˈnothing

a very small amount; almost nothing: He knows a great deal about flowers but next to nothing about trees and shrubs.He was able to buy the neighbouring farm for next to nothing.
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They are done by artist Robert Graham, who is not Catholic and apparently knows next to nothing about Christianity.
African Americans gained next to nothing in the most recent mid-term elections.
In comparison, staff in the NHS get next to nothing and deserve more.
In its magazine ad, ASKO said of its energy efficient kitchen appliances, "Like most Swedish supermodels, they consume next to nothing.
Or maybe you feel, like I do, alarmed by the specter of this country's massive military machine gearing up, in our name, for missions we know next to nothing about.
We started this project with nothing and, while we still have next to nothing," laughs Lowry, "we've already cleared some unbelievable hurdles in terms of putting together an excellent business plan and in being one of the two successful proponents in the request for proposals (for the wood allocation).
In mode Two, they know next to nothing and still attempt to help you and of course, are often worse than no help.
Built with heavy-duty, water- and UV-resistant fabric that weighs next to nothing, it features a patented compression system to stabilize and evenly distribute the load, a built-in water reservoir, and a plethora of pockets.
Realizing a hospital in the middle of nowhere, for next to nothing, or redefining the aspirations of the incredibly rich to build an architecturally modest villa on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean.
And she ate next to nothing, which seemed the linchpin of sanctity after reading countless stories of mystics who survived on nothing but the Eucharist.
A PREGNANT woman and her three young children have been left with next to nothing after burglars ransacked their Coventry home.
More explosives are stolen in Arizona than almost anywhere else in the country, says The Arizona Republic, and adds that so far, the state has done next to nothing to regulate the industry.
Hertsgaard is able to show--albeit with reporting that is already several years dated--that while China has a series of progressive-sounding environmental regulations, they mean next to nothing against the reality of a nation bent on economic growth.
If you don't have a place like this in your town, it might behoove all of us if you introduce yourself to the manager of one of the mall mega-plexes and propose he set aside one of his 48 screens to show "specialized" movies, which cost next to nothing to market (a couple of handbills in the right bars, if you know what I mean).