a close (or near) thing

a close (or near) thing
a narrow avoidance of something unpleasant.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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  • near thing — /nɪə ˈθɪŋ/ (say near thing) noun → close thing …   Australian English dictionary

  • thing — noun 1》 an object that one need not, cannot, or does not wish to give a specific name to.     ↘(things) personal belongings or clothing. 2》 an inanimate material object as distinct from a living being.     ↘a living creature or plant.     ↘a… …   English new terms dictionary

  • close — close1 W1S1 [kləuz US klouz] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(shut)¦ 2¦(move parts together)¦ 3¦(shut for period of time)¦ 4¦(stop operating)¦ 5¦(end)¦ 6 close an account 7¦(in money markets)¦ 8 close a deal/sale/contract etc 9¦(offer finishes)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • close — 1 verb 1 SHUT (I, T) to shut something so that there is no longer a space or hole, or to become shut in this way: Ann closed her book and stood up. | close a door/window/gate: Would you mind if I closed the window? | close the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • near — near1 W1S1 [nıə US nır] adv, prep ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(short distance away)¦ 2¦(short time before)¦ 3¦(almost doing something)¦ 4¦(amount or level)¦ 5¦(similar)¦ 6 near perfect/impossible etc 7 draw near 8 (as) near as damn it 9 near enough …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • near — I UK [nɪə(r)] / US [nɪr] adjective, adverb, preposition *** Summary: Near can be used in the following ways: as a preposition: I lived near the school. ♦ I ll write and let you know nearer the time. as an adverb: Come nearer, and I ll tell you… …   English dictionary

  • near — adv., prep., adj., & v. adv. 1 (often foll. by to) to or at a short distance in space or time; close by (the time drew near; dropped near to them). 2 closely (as near as one can guess). 3 archaic almost, nearly (very near died). 4 archaic… …   Useful english dictionary

  • near miss — Synonyms and related words: close call, close shave, close squeak, collision, collision course, confrontation, crack up, crash, encounter, error, hairbreadth escape, joining, meeting, miss, mistake, narrow escape, narrow squeak, near go, near… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • close thing — /kloʊs ˈθɪŋ/ (say klohs thing) noun Colloquial a narrow escape. Also, near thing …   Australian English dictionary

  • Near — Near, a. [Compar. {Nearer}; superl. {Nearest}.] [See {Near}, adv.] 1. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh. As one near death. Shak. [1913 Webster] He served great Hector, and was ever… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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