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    #1

    Cool near capture

    What must we understand as "near capture"?

    Is it in the vein of expressions like "near missing"?

    Is it meaning people who escape very narrowly, or on the contrary, people trapped by very narrow and fatal margin?

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    #2

    Re: near capture

    I guess it depends on your point of view. Perhaps:
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    I almost caught that bird. (I missed.)
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    I was almost caught. (I escaped.)




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    Re: near capture

    Is there a chance that near capture might mean that we've captured, let's say, an animal and we are having difficulties to keep it under control (It is likely to flee)? I'm asking this, because this is the first thing that came to my mind once I'd seen this phrase.

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    #4

    Re: near capture

    If we are still struggling to do so then we haven't quite captured the animal yet.


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    #5

    Re: near capture

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    If we are still struggling to do so then we haven't quite captured the animal yet.

    what would you say if I pictured something like that?;
    We've put it in a cage( so, we have captured it), but the cage doesn't seem to withstand. And we can tell from the conditon that the animal is about to break out.

    Thanks for the reply in advance.

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    #6

    Re: near capture

    The cage isn't strong enough? Then the bird is about to make its getaway? Freedom!


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    Re: near capture

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The cage isn't strong enough? Then the bird is about to make its getaway? Freedom!

    Ok, as far as I've understood from your answer, we use near capture for the situations in which something (or someone) escapes in the nick of time or by the skin of its teeth.

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    Cool Re: near capture

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Ok, as far as I've understood from your answer, we use near capture for the situations in which something (or someone) escapes in the nick of time or by the skin of its teeth.
    Nice expressions! Yes I would infer that.

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    Re: near capture

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Ok, as far as I've understood from your answer, we use near capture for the situations in which something (or someone) escapes in the nick of time or by the skin of its teeth.
    Yes, perfect!

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