nearly man

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21:57 Apr 12, 2018
English to Indonesian translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings / Nonfiction
English term or phrase: nearly man
> That split-second tableau of defeat confirmed him as, in the words of a British newspaper headline, the quintessential “nearly man”.

Kutipan ini menceritakan tentang pelari bernama Landy yang berhasil menempuh satu mil di bawah 4 menit. Ketika dipertandingkan dengan Bannister dalam lomba lari pada tahun 1954, awalnya Landy memimpin namun tersusul pada lintasan terakhir. Landy kalah dengan perbedaan waktu yang sangat singkat sehingga muncullah julukan tersebut kepadanya.

Hal ini sesuai dengan definisi kamus Oxford (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/nearly_man):
"Someone who narrowly fails to achieve the success or position expected of them in their particular field."

Karena di sini terlihat sebagai julukan, awalnya saya hendak menerjemahkannya sebagai 'si nyaris tanggung' tapi terdengar tidak wajar dan ragu jika padanan ini dimasukkan ke dalam wacana lain dalam situasi yang lain (i.e. lebih formal).
Muhammad Fahmi Lubis
Indonesia
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