Meaning of “the next best thing” in the English Dictionary

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"the next best thing" in British English

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the next best thing

C1 the thing that is best, if you cannot have or do the thing you really want:

I really wanted to work in television but I ended up in radio, which is the next best thing.
These sandals are the next best thing to walking around barefoot.

(Definition of “the next best thing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"the next best thing" in American English

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the next best thing

something that is almost as good:

If I can’t have cake, ice cream is the next best thing.

(Definition of “the next best thing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)