come close


: to almost do something
We didn't win, but we came close.
often + to
The band came very close to breaking up.
We came close to winning the championship this season.
: to be similar to something or as good as expected
She said they taste just like real hot dogs, but they don't even come close (to the real thing).

Examples of come close in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For now, the star power won’t come close to rivaling Clark or Reese. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2024 The $18 million price tag doesn’t come close to either artist’s most expensive individual paintings ($195 million and $110.5 million for Warhol and Basquiat, respectively). Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 Valentino doesn’t come close to Gucci’s mass sales. Merle Ginsberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Mar. 2024 Of course, this example will never come close to touching either of those numbers. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2024 Elefsina’s archeological sites don’t come close to being as hauntingly beautiful as these dead ships. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 14 Mar. 2024 The administration responds that none of the actions the states complain about come close to problematic coercion. Mark Sherman, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Mar. 2024 But the fact remains that Samuel will never approach his 2021 numbers again and no team in the NFL will come close to tying up somewhere near $50 million APY for two receivers. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024 There's obviously pressure to even come close to something like that. Hugh McIntyre, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2024

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“Come close.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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