EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NEAR THING
It has been touch and go with you for the last quarter of an hour; and a near thing for me too.
It was a near thing though, and if I had not met you as I did, we should scarcely have done it.
"It was a near thing—a michty near thing," he admitted in the square.
Come along, sir; it's been a near thing, but we have just time if we gallop for it!
He says that it's been a near thing, but with careful nursing he may pull round.
Houck knew that it would be a near thing if his party got away in time.
It was a near thing, but the lieutenant had taken his measures correctly.
"It will be a near thing, senor," one of them said, towards morning.
I was just back in time not to have to bury him, but it was a near thing.'
She was his nearest; she indeed was the only near thing there had ever been in his life.