perilously close to

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of perilously close to

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.

Word by Word Definitions

perilous play perilously
  1. : full of or involving peril

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

  2. : to block against entry or passage

  3. : to deny access to

  1. : a coming or bringing to a conclusion

  2. : a conclusion or end in time or existence : cessation

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

  1. : an enclosed area

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

  3. : 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

  2. : confined or carefully guarded

  3. : high

  1. : in a close position or manner


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