close-run

[[t]klo͟ʊs rʌ̱n[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n
If you describe something such as a race or contest as a close-run thing, you mean that it was only won by a very small amount.

It was a close run thing before Spain beat Poland 3-2...

In such a close-run race as this election, the campaign becomes all important.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • close-run — [ˌkləus ˈrʌn US ˌklous ] adj [only before noun] BrE in a close run competition, the winner succeeds by a very small distance or number of points, votes etc ▪ The Labour Party won the seat, but it was a close run thing (=they nearly failed) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • close-run — [klōs′run΄] adj. Chiefly Brit. decided, achieved, settled, etc. by the narrowest of margins: usually used in the phrase a close run thing * * * …   Universalium

  • close-run — [klōs′run΄] adj. Chiefly Brit. decided, achieved, settled, etc. by the narrowest of margins: usually used in the phrase a close run thing …   English World dictionary

  • close-run — ► close run (of a contest or objective) won or lost by a very small margin. Main Entry: ↑close …   English terms dictionary

  • close-run — close runˈ adjective (of a contest) fiercely contested, with a narrow margin of victory • • • Main Entry: ↑close …   Useful english dictionary

  • close-run — [ ,klous rʌn ] adjective BRITISH won or settled by only a few points, votes, etc …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • close-run — adj. Close run is used with these nouns: ↑thing …   Collocations dictionary

  • close-run — (of a contest or objective) won or lost by a very small margin. → close …   English new terms dictionary

  • close-run — UK [ˌkləʊs ˈrʌn] / US [ˌkloʊs ˈrʌn] adjective British won or settled by only a few points, votes etc …   English dictionary

  • (a) close run thing — a close run ˈthing idiom a situation in which sb only just wins or loses, for example in a competition or an election • Mr Taylor s election defeat was a close run thing. Main entry: ↑closeidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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