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next door to

1. Literally, in a house, office, room, building, etc., adjacent (to someone or something). We lived next door to a train station, so we know what it's like having to deal with loud noise all day long. It's surreal having an office right next door to my old professor.
2. By extension, very close to (some state, outcome, etc.). It breaks my heart seeing my grandfather like this, bedridden and living next door to death. Success is next door to self-confidence—the less you believe in yourself, the less successful you will be!
See also: door, next
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

next door to

Very close to, as in The old dog was next door to death. This metaphoric expression, alluding to an adjacent house, was first recorded in 1529.
See also: door, next
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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