come close

Definition of come close

  1. 1 :  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.>

  2. 2 :  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).>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series

  1. :  to move so as to bar passage through something

    :  to block against entry or passage

    :  to deny access to

  1. :  a coming or bringing to a conclusion

    :  a conclusion or end in time or existence :  cessation

    :  the concluding passage (as of a speech or play)

  1. :  an enclosed area

    :  the precinct (see precinct 2a) of a cathedral

    :  a narrow passage leading from a street to a court and the houses within or to the common stairway of tenements

  1. :  having no openings :  closed

    :  confined or carefully guarded

    :  high

  1. :  in a close position or manner

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