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a close thing

1. An unpleasant, dangerous, or disastrous event or outcome that one narrowly avoids. No one was hurt in the accident, but it was a close thing—if the fuel tank had been hit, we all would have died. It was a close thing, but thankfully the surgeons managed to remove the cancerous tissue before it spread to other parts of my body. The last-minute deal will avert a government shutdown, but it will have been a close thing.
2. A very narrow outcome or margin of success or failure. After finding out I got the job, I learned from a friend within the company that it was a close thing due to the yearlong gap in my résumé. It is expected to be a close thing in the final moments of the presidential election. With two teams this evenly matched, the championship game will likely be a close thing.
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a close (or near) thing

a narrow avoidance of something unpleasant.
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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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There were six troopers and six of us, so it was a close thing, but we emptied four of their saddles at the first volley.
Don't get me wrong, I am not mad on the American thing about closure, I don't really close things, but I did find writing the autobiography to be very cathartic.
Pastor Onyeka said: "You can't close things down and be surprised when things get worse.
There comes a time in a man's life when he starts looking back, and realises it is no good to forget, no good to close things off.
"That's two games now where haven't been able to close things through our own game-management."
Retiring Paisley Lock Murray Lowe added: "We've had a bit of a roller coaster season but it was good to close things off with this fixture."
The Arab champions will look to close things out when they take a 3-2 lead to Manara Monday for Game 6 of the best-of-seven series.
Carlos said they were able to calm down during the break heading into the fifth set and that allowed them to close things out in the final period.
Jamie Gethin This is how Labour politicians choose their cuts - trying to close things because they think they're'middle class'.
"Now they've realised we're a really good side so they come here to close things down and if they go away with a point they're delighted.
Muharraq had an answer each time, however, and they did well to close things out until the final whistle to come away with a third successive win.
Despite close things at either end neither side managed to conjure up a winner in regulation time.
A six-foot birdie putt on the short 12th brought the gap back to one, but it was the closest McDowell could get and a superb approach to four feet on the 17th allowed the 2009 USPGA champion to close things out with a birdie.
The 22-year-old, himself sixth in the rankings, was no doubt hoping she would close things out better than he did in his third round.
Then Barber mixes uptempo grooves on tracks like "Any Fool Can Fall in Love" with slower, more orchestrated numbers like "Tenderness." There's even a French track to close things off, called "Dis-Moi."