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a near 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 near thing—if the fuel tank had been hit, we all would have died. It was a near 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 near 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 near thing due to the yearlong gap in my résumé. It is expected to be a near thing in the final moments of the presidential election.
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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]
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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
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Near thing: Scotland's Tam Scobbie (above) comes close to breaking the deadlock with a closerange header left) Andreas Weimann celebrates after netting the winner Austria
But if that as a near thing, erby came even closer 10 minutes from time as Kuszczak pushed away Commons' low shot.
It was a near thing though since visitors Dawdon only won with their last pair at the wicket.
It was a near thing though but 42 extras assisted in a one-wicket success.
But as well as making amends for last year's near thing, the world No.19 has another reason to make as many birdies as possible at the El Camaleon course in Carmen.
IMPACT J The hole left in the wall NEAR THING Z Mr Hamill's son Damian examines the window shattered by a PSNI bullet at his father's Portadown home
Near thing: Scotland's Tam Scobbie (above) comes close to breaking the deadlock with a closerange header and (left) Andreas Weimann celebrates after netting the winner for Austria Punished: Scott Arfield
"It was a near thing but I felt we deserved to win," he said.
29min: A near thing for Boro as first Rochemback and then Gareth Southgate clear consecutive efforts from Terry off the line.
It was a near thing when one of our party turned up late for a flight to Prague and I was envisaging problems getting her on the plane but the airline's staff really are very helpful at Newcastle.
Near thing: Scotland's Tam Scobbie (above) comes close to breaking the deadlock with a closerange header and (left) Andreas Weimann celebrates after netting the winner for Austria Call the shots: Billy Stark, right, and Jim Fleeting urge on Scots Stuck in: Aberdeen kid Chris Maguire puts pressure on Austria's Stefan Ilsanker as Scotland's Under-21s crash to a painful defeat
That near thing seemed to energise Rangers with Novo and Steve Davis teaming up to create problems for the red-shirted Italian defence.
"It was never quite the full monty as he was in his boxer shorts - but it was a near thing!"
NO LUCK: John Robertson was disappointed; NEAR THING: Kevin McHugh went close for Derry City
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.