Run something close - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
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.
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.
References in periodicals archive
It looks competitive, however, and he'll need to run something close
to a personal best to win.
While Jack Cool (who finished fifth) looks overrated, Jumbo Rio (fourth) seemed to run something close
to his race.