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

"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 towalking 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, ​icecream is the next ​best thing.
(Definition of the next best thing from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “the next best thing”
in Chinese (Simplified) 仅次于…的事物, 退而求其次的事物…
in Chinese (Traditional) 僅次於…的事物, 退而求其次的事物…
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