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Almost a disaster - the gin ran out (4,5)


I believe the answer is:

near thing

'almost a disaster' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'the gin ran out' is the wordplay.
'out' indicates anagramming the letters (out can mean wrong or inaccurate).
'theginran' anagrammed gives 'NEAR THING'.

(Other definitions for near thing that I've seen before include "Something that barely avoids failure or disaster" , "Knife-edge event" , "almost an accident" , "Narrow escape, close shave" , "Narrow escape, missed by a small margin (4.5)" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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