Definition of come close in English:

come close


  • Almost achieve or do.

    ‘he came close to calling the President a liar’
    • ‘It doesn't come close to achieving that target.’
    • ‘Alexander was the first to dream of world domination and to come close to achieving it.’
    • ‘Of course she knew where he was now, knew that he had come close to achieving his lofty goals, and she honoured him for that.’
    • ‘Whether he can come close to achieving as a manager what he achieved as a player remains to be seen.’
    • ‘The now ageing boat took a heavy battering struggling into head winds in the Red Sea, and, after coming close to foundering, limped into an Egyptian marina.’
    • ‘However their forwards kept plugging away with Michael Long and Brian Carbury coming close to scoring on at least two occasions.’
    • ‘George Orwell nearly killed himself and half his family in its whirlpool, coming close to depriving the world of his last book, 1984.’
    • ‘To date, almost a month later, his colleagues do not even have a suspect, never mind coming close to making an arrest.’
    • ‘The battle for a place in the final roared on like a blazing furnace with both teams coming close to breaking the deadlock.’
    • ‘They pressed forward in search of an equalizer, coming close on one occasion.’