Definition of close-run in English:

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Pronunciation: /kləʊsˈrʌn/


Won or lost by a very small margin: the motion failed to obtain an absolute majority of 249 but it was a close-run thing
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  • When he was originally sentenced last year, the judge told him: ‘I do not consider a sentence of life is justified but it is a very close-run thing.’
  • The 55-year-old politician, who beat the Conservative candidate by a mere 1,910 votes in what was a close-run election, confidently looked forward to the task ahead.
  • He told them ‘It has been said the Battle of Britain was a very close-run thing.’

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