next to nothing

Meaning: If something costs next to nothing, it costs very little, or nearly nothing.

For example:

  • Many people in poor countries earn very little money and have to live on next to nothing.

  • Mary gets most of her clothes second-hand, and pays next to nothing for them.

Quick Quiz:

If someone lives on next to nothing, they

a. have a lot of free time

b. spend very little money

c. don't have a job

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Contributor: Matt Errey