near disaster

 "His quick thinking saved an RAF jet pilot from a near disaster."

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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  • near disaster —     His quick thinking saved an RAF jet pilot from a near disaster (Times). Not quite. The pilot was saved from a disaster. A near disaster is what he had …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • near — ► ADVERB 1) at or to a short distance in space or time. 2) almost. ► PREPOSITION (also near to) 1) at or to a short distance in space or time from. 2) close to (a state or in terms of resemblance). ► ADJECTIVE …   English terms dictionary

  • Disaster draft — A disaster draft or contingency draft is a procedure developed by professional sports leagues to rebuild a team s roster if many players are disabled or killed. Contents 1 Background 2 Special procedures 2.1 Major League Baseball …   Wikipedia

  • near — near1 W1S1 [nıə US nır] adv, prep ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(short distance away)¦ 2¦(short time before)¦ 3¦(almost doing something)¦ 4¦(amount or level)¦ 5¦(similar)¦ 6 near perfect/impossible etc 7 draw near 8 (as) near as damn it 9 near enough …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • disaster — n. 1) to cause a disaster 2) to experience, meet, suffer (a) disaster 3) to court disaster 4) to cope with; recover from (a) disaster 5) to avert (a) disaster 6) a catastrophic, devastating, major, tragic, unqualified disaster 7) an impending;… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • near — 1 adverb, preposition 1 only a short distance from a person or thing: Bob was standing near enough to hear what they said. | Why don t you move your chair nearer mine? | near to: Don t sit too near to the screen. | go/come/get etc near (=to move… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • near — near1 [ nır ] function word *** Near can be used in the following ways: as a preposition: I lived near the school. I ll write and let you know nearer the time. as an adverb: Come nearer, and I ll tell you the whole story. as an adjective: I went… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • near — I UK [nɪə(r)] / US [nɪr] adjective, adverb, preposition *** Summary: Near can be used in the following ways: as a preposition: I lived near the school. ♦ I ll write and let you know nearer the time. as an adverb: Come nearer, and I ll tell you… …   English dictionary

  • Disaster: Day of Crisis — European box art Developer(s) Monolith Soft Publisher(s) …   Wikipedia

  • Disaster Averted — How I Met Your Mother episode Episode no. Season 7 Episode 9 Directed by Michael Shea Written by …   Wikipedia

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