run (someone or something) close

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run (someone or something) close

To nearly match or surpass someone or something in one's performance, skill, or ability. While he is still the undisputed master of filmmaking in my opinion, there are a few directors who run him close. She finished first to retain her championship title, but the favored newcomer ran her very close—just half a second behind her.
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run someone close

1 almost defeat a person or team in a contest. 2 almost match the same standards or level of achievement as someone else.
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run somebody/something ˈclose

(British English) be nearly as good, fast, successful, etc. as somebody/something else: Germany ran Argentina very close in the final.
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"They are well organised, and ran us close on the first night of the season, so we know we're going to have to play well to come away with anything.
Belle Vue are a good solid side, though, who ran us close in the league earlier in the season.
We did beat them at Christmas but before that, when we played them in the cup quarter-final, they ran us close at home.
"It was good for us in the end, to close off the game, even though a fantastic innings from Darren Sammy ran us close," We are in a bit of a transition phase, it's been a pleasing series, there are a few things we have to work on, but we're going the right way, Australia skipper Shane Watson said.
"Italy ran us close and beat France in the Six Nations so it's going to be tough," said Earls.
He added: "I can't really speak from experience, but they ran Ireland close this year, ran us close two years ago and four years ago we lost there," said Warburton.
"Caernarfon ran us close, but we scored more points, scored more tries and had more points for - we ticked all the boxes needed to finish champions.
They ran us close and we got two goals at the end of the day to win by four points.
"Chester will be a difficult test because they ran us close only a couple of weeks ago and we take nothing for granted."
"Wolves ran us close on Saturday night but we knew we could go to Monmore Green and win," said Bees boss Colin Pratt.
"Even though we could have played better down at their place, they'll be buoyed by their perrformance in that game, where they ran us close. "The great thing about that game was that we nilled them in the second half and came away with a hard-earned win in the end.
They ran us close at Birmingham last Wednesday so they will fancy their chances on their own track.
"We always had it in our minds that if you go back to 2004 we were beaten by Wexford and there were a few close matches in the Leagues and Walsh Cups where they ran us close.