next to nothing

idiomatic phrase

: very little
I've had next to nothing to eat.
We know next to nothing about our ancestors.
It costs next to nothing.
They did next to nothing to help their neighbors.
The dancers were wearing next to nothing.

Examples of next to nothing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All three candidates can use the assistance, as a Saint Anselm College Survey Center poll conducted earlier this month indicated that New Hampshire voters knew next to nothing about the GOP contenders. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 30 Jan. 2022 In 2017, the 49ers had next to nothing on a 0-8 team with a rookie head coach. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Jan. 2022 Phillips has been in his role since 1999 and has done next to nothing that has allowed the Bears to enjoy sustained on-field success. Dan Wiederer,, 15 Dec. 2021 Photo: florence lo/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Chinese leader Xi Jinping turned 70 on Thursday, a milestone marked publicly in China by next to nothing. Austin Ramzy, WSJ, 15 June 2023 While every version of Barbie is everything, most Kens are next to nothing — but Mark Ronson, who executive produced Barbie the Album, is set on standing out. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 25 May 2023 As is to be expected, the new clip gives next to nothing away about the plot of the upcoming season, consisting almost entirely of disparate, disconnected shots of our main characters and their younger selves across the show's two timelines. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 14 Jan. 2023 If Dapper Labs were to go out of business, the court argued, Moments would be worth next to nothing. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune Crypto, 24 Apr. 2023 Of even bigger concern in that sample is that Milan’s attack generated next to nothing. Nick Hennion, Chicago Tribune, 18 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of next to nothing was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Next to nothing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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