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<Portugues phrase removed> I did not fall from the cliff by a little bit.
The phrase is from the Portuguese forum and what is written in English is supposed to mean “I nearly fell from the cliff”. My doubt is “by a little bit”. I’ve never heard the phrase used as a synonym of “nearly”.
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  • PlainandTall

    English- American
    You were right to question this one! It reads like an incomplete sentence that will finish by saying, "I fell very far." (I didn't fall just a short way- I fell a long way!)

    "I nearly fell from the cliff."

    He lost the race by a little bit. (Someone else finished right in front of him)
    He nearly lost the race. (Someone finished right behind him, but he won!)
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