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a close run thing

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha close run thinga close run thingBritish English a situation in which the people competing with each other are almost equal, so neither of them is more likely to win than the other 🔊 The upcoming election looks likely to be a close run thing. close
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a close run thingIt was a close run thing.Exciting Ormskirk made it two wins out of three but it was a close run thing against New Brighton.
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