next to nothing

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - next to nothing

"next to nothing"

hardly anything;

almost nothing


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - next to nothing

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: How are you progressing with your assignment?

Colleague 2: I have accomplished next to nothing.

Colleague 1: It is due in three days. Why have you not been working on it?

Colleague 2: I have been really busy with other things so have not really had any time to work on it.

Colleague 1: Then I guess since you have made almost zero progress that you will have to dedicate all your time to the assignment for the next three days.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - next to nothing

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Wow! That is a really nice fifty-inch plasma television. How could you afford it?

Friend 2: A friend of a friend was desperate for money so sold it to me for next to nothing.

Friend 1: How much was it?

Friend 2: I got it for only a hundred dollars.

Friend 1: Almost a give-away.

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next to nothing - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for next to nothing.

next to nothing - Examples:

1)  ... has a very weak or vague understanding of his secondary characters and knows next to nothing about writing from the vantage of a 16 year old girl.

2)  It is amazing how they can spend so much time saying next to nothing. There seems to be a huge reluctance to tackle the tough issues.

3)  People want to pay next to nothing (eg $300 from PHX to IAD?? That's crazy cheap), ...

4)  ... expenses roughly commensurate to their income, meaning they live paycheck-to-paycheck and save next to nothing

5)  The players expenses have gone up next to nothing because the owners pay for it.

6)  ... one huge problem I've found is that recruiters tend to know next to nothing about the positions they're recruiting for.

7)  I'm just a brain guy, I know next to nothing about liver/kidney function.

8)  Unfortunately, a one sentence dismissal of my analysis gives me next to nothing to work with.

9)  Email is a great communications tool; it's environmentally friendly, costs next to nothing, and reaches the masses instantly. 

10)  This unknown lady just came out 3 days ago. We know next to nothing about this lady, so naturally there will be more news story about her.

11)  Most people know next to nothing about particle physics, and that's perfectly fine.

12)  And breaking it down even further, that adds up to next to nothing per each taxpayer. Less than a large cup of coffee per year.

13)  At this point her "taking responsibility" means next to nothing. She didn't exactly offer to resign. She really didn't take the ...

14)  RIM has already developed all the software. It costs them next to nothing now to use it or sell it.

15)  Education has next to nothing to do with your skills as a software engineer in the real world. 

16)  There's next to nothing to complain about -- the controls are dead-on, the level designs are immensely distinct ...

17)  I've said next to nothing about the plot, so as not to give it away.

18)  The report says little on what to do about it, and next to nothing about wider bank corporate governance.

19)  It should be blindingly obvious from the reactions that she has next to nothing to gain by making up false accusations, and a lot to lose.

20)  ... the odds of these facts, that were written by people who knew next to nothing about anything, being correct are pretty close to zero.