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    #1

    scraping through

    Hi,

    I've just learnt this very useful verb: scrape through.
    Is there any verb which means the same but in the opposite direction? That is, failing, though being quite near the pass mark.

    Thnks

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    #2

    Re: scraping through

    As a noun, it's a near miss.

    I know that sounds ambiguous -- it sounds like you almost missed, but didn't, but in use, it means it was a miss, but came very close to being successful.

    As a verb, I guess you say you "came close."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: scraping through

    You can lose by a hair.

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    #4

    Re: scraping through

    You can fall short (or fall short of the mark).

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    #5

    Re: scraping through

    Thank you all! This is a real case of spoilt for choice!

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    #6

    Re: scraping through

    I like Dave's the best so far, with a slight modification: Fell just short.

    That tells you just how close it was.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: scraping through

    You can lose by 'a nose'. (From horse racing). I think a nose is the closest, followed by a 'short half head'.

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