the next best thing


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the next best thing

Something that is as good a substitute as possible for that which is really desired or best suited. My walking shoes have a hole in them, so I've been using the next best thing—my hiking boots. I'm really craving some chocolate cake, but I guess this candy bar is the next best thing.
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the next best ˈthing

the best alternative for a thing that you cannot have: I couldn’t find any more of that Italian ice cream but this is the next best thing in my opinion.
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