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  • 1In the next house or room to.

    ‘the Old Executive Office Building next door to the White House’
    • ‘A developer has bought the house next door to his three-bedroom Manchester semi to demolish it to build an access road.’
    • ‘There was no electricity or running water and the toilet was outside next door to a shed which housed pigs.’
    • ‘I heard that the house next door to where I lived on Main Street is gutted.’
    • ‘But it was clear he was in the room next door to where the talks were going on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An Asian mother and daughter look out of their window in Stratford Street, Leeds, next door to a house raided yesterday.’
    • ‘But we have a house next door to our house that we basically bought for privacy and my dad actually lives there.’
    • ‘Lorraine was this week moved into temporary housing back in Braithwaite - next door to her own house.’
    • ‘Two women and two men in the painting room, next door to where the cleaning process takes place, were contaminated.’
    1. 1.1informal Nearly; almost; near to.
      ‘it is next door to impossible’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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