near thing definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Something that barely succeeds or nearly ends in failure or disaster.
near thing - Phrases/Idioms
Something just barely effected, as in That election was a near thing—he won by a handful of votes. [Mid-1700s]