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.
See also: close, run

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.
See also: close, run, someone

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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"There's talk from a lot of people who think we're not going to win the title and how people are running us close.
"They fancy their chances of running us close on Sunday and I think they will.
"Their style of play is very different but they keep running us close and I'm expecting it to be tight."