Definition of anywhere near in English:

anywhere near

phrase

  • 1[with negative or in questions] At all near (used for emphasis):

    ‘I wouldn't dream of letting a surgeon anywhere near my eyes’
    • ‘It was to drive stainless-steel pipes down through the danger zone, and pick up the water before it got anywhere near it.’
    • ‘I have relegated my studying to the basement, because if I go anywhere near my room I will go to bed.’
    • ‘If you live anywhere near an arterial or collector street, you've got an increasing problem.’
    • ‘When he came home he was not allowed to be anywhere near my sister and me.’
    • ‘And now I don't live anywhere near this place that holds such importance for me.’
    • ‘Many of the Brits now visiting Spain don't go anywhere near a beach.’
    • ‘Cades Cove is a must see if you are anywhere near the Smoky Mountains on your vacation.’
    • ‘We can't mine anywhere near, nor discharge anything into salmon spawning streams.’
    • ‘If you have been anywhere near City Hall in the past two days there is no way to have missed the structure being erected.’
    • ‘No one wants a tip or incinerator anywhere near them but will shout their heads off if they are asked to recycle or reduce what they throw away.’
    • ‘I had to leave home at 18 to go to uni as my parents didn't live anywhere near one.’
    • ‘This is the National Theatre's touring production - if it plays anywhere near you, do not miss it.’
    • ‘I can just about put up with cats, if they don't come anywhere near me.’
    • ‘People living in Anchor Road, Clacton, are fed up with not being able to park anywhere near their properties.’
    • ‘Following their arrests both denied being anywhere near the scene.’
    • ‘I didn't see it clearly but wherever the guy with the ball was going it wasn't anywhere near the goal.’
    • ‘In any case no-one would have dared to go anywhere near Princess Esther.’
    • ‘No shops, and no schools anywhere near, they are further up the road.’
    • ‘People shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a computer unless they've rudimentary lessons in how to use one.’
    • ‘Most young couples can't afford to buy a block of land anywhere near the coast and build a house on it these days.’
    1. 1.1 Remotely close to in extent, level, or scope:
      ‘imitations rarely look anywhere near as good as the real thing’
      • ‘There just isn't anywhere near the level of excitement when the Jets were around.’
      • ‘I just got back from seeing it… its not the worst film… its not anywhere near the best.’
      • ‘To make matters worse, the line has not played anywhere near its level of the last two years.’
      • ‘If this is anywhere near the truth we have a very significant problem, and those nine young men who attacked London will not be the last.’
      • ‘Models and textures are adequate, but never get anywhere near a level of impressive detail.’
      • ‘Neither parent is functioning at anywhere near the level that the foster mother does.’
      • ‘In addition, exports have not performed anywhere near the levels the department was hoping for.’
      • ‘I have several potential job opportunities around at the moment, but none excited me anywhere near as much as this one.’
      • ‘The Ticonderoga was navigated using the most advanced methods of the time but it wasn't anywhere near automated.’
      • ‘He felt he would never reach anywhere near his father's histrionic abilities.’
      • ‘I asked him, not that I thought Matt was anywhere near that close to being the perfect male specimen.’
      • ‘Stretched resources prevent police numbers getting anywhere near the levels residents would like.’
      • ‘Where buses will go is anyone's guess and by the look of things, it will be the spring before things are anywhere near back to normal.’
      • ‘They don't look anywhere near as interesting as the genuine article.’
      • ‘Firstly, on its own it doesn't go anywhere near solving Sligo's traffic problems.’
      • ‘Particularly if it is anywhere near as gorgeous tomorrow as it was today, as I'll wake up in the sun and bask.’
      • ‘Two years on, the picture is shifting, but no one in Bradford is pretending the problems are anywhere near being solved.’
      • ‘I know that I don't know anywhere near enough about the violence I have talked about here.’
      • ‘It's going to be difficult, but we didn't play anywhere near the level we can in the home leg.’
      • ‘Gradually the lack of Northern Irish players performing at anywhere near a decent level is abating.’