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  • 1In the next house or room to.

    ‘the newsagent next door to Mr Afzal's store’
    • ‘A developer has bought the house next door to his three-bedroom Manchester semi to demolish it to build an access road.’
    • ‘The asbestos was discovered in an empty house next door to them.’
    • ‘There was no power so a guy in the room next door to me also came out.’
    • ‘Two women and two men in the painting room, next door to where the cleaning process takes place, were contaminated.’
    • ‘I heard that the house next door to where I lived on Main Street is gutted.’
    • ‘Lorraine was this week moved into temporary housing back in Braithwaite - next door to her own house.’
    • ‘But we have a house next door to our house that we basically bought for privacy and my dad actually lives there.’
    • ‘An Asian mother and daughter look out of their window in Stratford Street, Leeds, next door to a house raided yesterday.’
    • ‘But it was clear he was in the room next door to where the talks were going on.’
    • ‘There was no electricity or running water and the toilet was outside next door to a shed which housed pigs.’
    1. 1.1informal Almost; near to.
      ‘she thought George was next door to a saint’
      • ‘On the way to the theatre Mr. Klein reminded his companion that "Carmen" had been next door to a failure at the Opéra Comique three years before.’
      • ‘She has to wait months for such an opportunity, meantime repeating, night after I night, a character which she feels to be next door to a failure-and there is no more disheartening drudgery in the world.’
      beside, next door to, alongside, at the side of, by the side of, abreast of, by, adjacent to, cheek by jowl with, side by side with
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