next to


next to
'next to
prep
1.) very close to someone or something, with nothing in between
= ↑beside
There was a little girl sitting next to him.
2.) next to nothing
very little
He knows next to nothing about antiques.
3.) used to give a list of things you like, hate etc in order to say what is first on the list
Next to soccer, I like playing tennis best.
4.) in comparison with someone or something
Next to her, I'm a very poor cook.
5.) the next to last
the one before the last one
We'll need to buy some more wine. This is the next to last bottle.
6.) next to impossible/useless etc
almost impossible, useless etc
This crossword puzzle is next to impossible.

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