(as) near as someone can tell/figure

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Definition of (as) near as someone can tell/figure

US, informal
: based on what someone knows
  • She said that as near as she can tell she'll be here by six o'clock.

Word by Word Definitions

near play
  1. : at, within, or to a short distance or time

  2. : almost, nearly

  3. : in a close or intimate manner : closely

  1. : close to

  1. : not far distant in time, place, or degree

  2. : almost happening : narrowly missed or avoided

  3. : nearly not happening

  1. : approach

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

can play
  1. : know, understand

  2. : to be able to do, make, or accomplish

  3. : to have knowledge or skill

  1. : a usually cylindrical receptacle:

  2. : a vessel for holding liquids

  3. : a usually metal typically cylindrical receptacle usually with an open top, often with a removable cover, and sometimes with a spout or side handles (as for holding liquid or trash)

  1. : to put in a can : preserve by sealing in airtight cans or jars

  2. : to hit (a golf shot) into the cup

  3. : to hit (a shot) in basketball

tell play
  1. : to relate in detail : narrate

  2. : to give utterance to : say

  3. : to make known : divulge, reveal

  1. : an inadvertent behavior or mannerism that betrays a poker player's true thoughts, intentions, or emotions

  1. : hill, mound

figure play
  1. : a number symbol : numeral, digit

  2. : arithmetical calculations

  3. : a written or printed character

  1. : to represent by or as if by a figure or outline

  2. : to decorate with a pattern

  3. : to indicate or represent by numerals


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