a close/near thing

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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 (or near) thing

a narrow avoidance of something unpleasant.
See also: close, thing

a close/near ˈthing

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a close-run ˈthing

(informal)
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