English version

be a near thing

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe a near thingbe a near thingBritish English a) JUST/ALMOST NOTif something you succeed in doing is a near thing, you manage to succeed but you nearly failed They won the championship, but it was a near thing. b) JUST/ALMOST NOTused to say that you just managed to avoid a dangerous or unpleasant situation That was a near thing – that truck was heading straight for us. near
Examples from the Corpus
be a near thingThe Cairo Conference was a near thing for her.
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