come perilous close to fear

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Chinese - China
Under the wounded pride, Will could sense something else in the older man. You could taste it; a nervous tension that came perilous close to fear.

This sentence is a quote from A Game of Thrones.
Can I understand the part in bold as the tension come and it(the tension) was perilous, which(the tension) was close to fear"? Because "perilous" is a subject-oriented secondary predicate, which modifies "that(the tension)"?

Is my thinking right?
Thank you.
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    It appears to be a mistake: "perilously close" is almost a set phrase/cliché.
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