Definition of nearly man in English:

nearly man

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British informal
Someone who narrowly fails to achieve the success or position expected of them in their particular field: he was destined to be one of the game’s nearly men
More example sentences
  • It is a tremendous bonus and you can't tag us as being nearly men.
  • We played some good football but in the end we were the nearly men.
  • His side gained plaudits for their considered football and some careful tinkering of the squad over the summer, could see Rochdale make the leap from nearly men to serious contenders.

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