Definition of anywhere near in English:

anywhere near


  • 1At all near (used for emphasis)

    ‘I wouldn't dream of letting a surgeon anywhere near my eyes’
    • ‘I didn't see it clearly but wherever the guy with the ball was going it wasn't anywhere near the goal.’
    • ‘I have relegated my studying to the basement, because if I go anywhere near my room I will go to bed.’
    • ‘In any case no-one would have dared to go anywhere near Princess Esther.’
    • ‘We can't mine anywhere near, nor discharge anything into salmon spawning streams.’
    • ‘When he came home he was not allowed to be anywhere near my sister and me.’
    • ‘I can just about put up with cats, if they don't come anywhere near me.’
    • ‘It was to drive stainless-steel pipes down through the danger zone, and pick up the water before it got anywhere near it.’
    • ‘Many of the Brits now visiting Spain don't go anywhere near a beach.’
    • ‘People shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a computer unless they've rudimentary lessons in how to use one.’
    • ‘Following their arrests both denied being anywhere near the scene.’
    • ‘And now I don't live anywhere near this place that holds such importance for me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is the National Theatre's touring production - if it plays anywhere near you, do not miss it.’
    • ‘If you have been anywhere near City Hall in the past two days there is no way to have missed the structure being erected.’
    • ‘If you live anywhere near an arterial or collector street, you've got an increasing problem.’
    • ‘I had to leave home at 18 to go to uni as my parents didn't live anywhere near one.’
    • ‘Cades Cove is a must see if you are anywhere near the Smoky Mountains on your vacation.’
    • ‘People living in Anchor Road, Clacton, are fed up with not being able to park anywhere near their properties.’
    • ‘Most young couples can't afford to buy a block of land anywhere near the coast and build a house on it these days.’
    • ‘No shops, and no schools anywhere near, they are further up the road.’
    1. 1.1 Remotely close to in extent, level, or scope.
      ‘imitations rarely look anywhere near as good as the real thing’
      • ‘I have several potential job opportunities around at the moment, but none excited me anywhere near as much as this one.’
      • ‘It's going to be difficult, but we didn't play anywhere near the level we can in the home leg.’
      • ‘Firstly, on its own it doesn't go anywhere near solving Sligo's traffic problems.’
      • ‘Two years on, the picture is shifting, but no one in Bradford is pretending the problems are anywhere near being solved.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I know that I don't know anywhere near enough about the violence I have talked about here.’
      • ‘Stretched resources prevent police numbers getting anywhere near the levels residents would like.’
      • ‘I just got back from seeing it… its not the worst film… its not anywhere near the best.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gradually the lack of Northern Irish players performing at anywhere near a decent level is abating.’
      • ‘He felt he would never reach anywhere near his father's histrionic abilities.’
      • ‘They don't look anywhere near as interesting as the genuine article.’
      • ‘Particularly if it is anywhere near as gorgeous tomorrow as it was today, as I'll wake up in the sun and bask.’
      • ‘I asked him, not that I thought Matt was anywhere near that close to being the perfect male specimen.’
      • ‘There just isn't anywhere near the level of excitement when the Jets were around.’
      • ‘The Ticonderoga was navigated using the most advanced methods of the time but it wasn't anywhere near automated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To make matters worse, the line has not played anywhere near its level of the last two years.’
      • ‘Models and textures are adequate, but never get anywhere near a level of impressive detail.’