nounBritish • 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 menMore 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.