next to last


: in such time or order that only one person or thing comes after
We were next to last in line.
I was the next to last person in line.
He finished next to last in the race.
the next to last day of our vacation

Examples of next to last in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Saturday, a spirited Angel City club that was winless in its prior six matches and sat next to last in the standings rallied for a 2-1 victory. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 2023 The late collapses highlighted a difficult week for San Antonio pitching, as the Missions’ 6.61 ERA and 1.61 WHIP for the series both ranked next to last in Double-A Central. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 28 June 2021 Miami was last in the National League in runs (586) and next to last in OPS (.658) last season. Peter Abraham,, 4 Mar. 2023 The Hokies are ranked next to last in the ACC in scoring and total offense. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 The Saints rank next to last in the NFL in yards passing – a stark contrast from when Payton’s offenses led the NFL in passing six times with Drew Brees behind center. Mark Heim |, al, 14 Nov. 2021 The Knicks have gone from being next to last in pace last season to ninth this season. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 19 Nov. 2022 Gallup is in the late stages of his recovery from a torn ACL, suffered in the next to last 2021 regular season game against Arizona. Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2022 The Eagles also added pass rusher Nolan Smith (Georgia) with the next to last pick of the first round. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 28 Apr. 2023

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“Next to last.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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