perilously close to

idiom

somewhat formal
: at or to a point where one is in great danger of (something happening)
The company was perilously close to bankruptcy.
She came perilously close to drowning.

Examples of perilously close to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the weeks since Israel and Iran came perilously close to war, other developments have for the moment pushed the episode into the background. Ali M. Ansari, Foreign Affairs, 29 May 2024 Global temperatures have now soared 2.66 degrees since the mid-1800s — perilously close to the 2.7-degree Fahrenheit cutoff goal, which was set down in the 2015 Paris climate accords. Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News, 9 Jan. 2024 The inevitable permitting and construction delays endemic to Southern California, followed by an unseasonably wet winter, nudged the project perilously close to the May 17 start of the women’s tournament. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2024 Meanwhile, the country is steadily enriching uranium to 60 percent purity — perilously close to what is needed to produce a bomb. David E. Sanger, New York Times, 15 May 2024 Highsmith’s salary might also put Miami perilously close to the second apron, if the open market proves lucrative. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 25 Apr. 2024 Five people died on that day or in the immediate aftermath, and 140 police officers were assaulted. Inside the siege: During the rampage, rioters came perilously close to penetrating the inner sanctums of the building while lawmakers were still there, including former vice president Mike Pence. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 While national and international agreements seek to limit global warming to 2.7 degrees, or 1.5 degrees Celsius, above preindustrial levels, the planet is already coming perilously close to that threshold, with 2023 expected to be Earth’s hottest year on record. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 Fast traveling would mean missing out on the unparalleled feeling of swinging easily around and over skyscrapers; diving perilously close to the ground before flying high into the air remains the best form of locomotion in all of gaming. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 17 Oct. 2023

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“Perilously close to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perilously%20close%20to. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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