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distance (oneself) from (someone or something)

To limit engagement or association (or the appearance thereof) between oneself and someone or something. Politicians have been quick to distance themselves from the senator ever since news of her drug scandal broke. The company, trying to build up its environmentally-friendly image, has been distancing itself from its past connections to the oil industry.
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striking distance

Close proximity or a short distance, as to or away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. Used especially in the phrase "in/within striking distance." A World Cup victory was within striking distance for Germany, but a last penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but as it is in striking distance of the sea, it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.
See also: distance, striking

in striking distance (of someone or something)

In close proximity to or a short distance away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. A World Cup victory was in striking distance for Germany, but a last penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but as it is in striking distance of the sea, it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.
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stay the distance

1. To persevere with as much determination, energy, or fortitude as one can muster through to the end of a race, competition, or contest. Despite an early setback in the first half, the American team stayed the distance and managed to earn a draw at the end of the match.
2. To continue attempting or pursuing something difficult to its end or conclusion. If you can't stay the distance when things get a bit messy, then you just aren't cut out for this line of work.
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in spitting distance (of someone or something)

In close proximity to or a short distance away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. A victory was in spitting distance, but a last penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but since it is in spitting distance of the ocean, it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.
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spitting distance

Close proximity or a short distance, as to or away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. Used especially in the phrase "in/within spitting distance." A victory was within spitting distance for the home team, but a late penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but it's in spitting distance of the ocean, so it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.
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(with)in striking distance

1. Literally, within range for an attack. The enemy target is in striking distance, sir. Order the attack when ready.
2. Within range of being able to be attained, accomplished, etc. Finally, after months of work, the end of my thesis is within striking distance.
3. Very close. Our neighbor's fence is within striking distance of our patio, so it's never felt very secluded back here.
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distance lends enchantment (to the view)

When one is removed from something, it becomes deceptively appealing. But you hated that rickety old house when we lived there! Remember that distance lends enchantment to the view.

within spitting distance (of someone or something)

In close proximity to or a short distance away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. A World Cup victory was within spitting distance for Germany, but a last penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but as it is within spitting distance of the sea, it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.
See also: distance, spit, within

within striking distance (of someone or something)

In close proximity to or a short distance away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. A World Cup victory was within striking distance for Germany, but a last penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but as it is within striking distance of the sea, it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.

keep (one's) distance

To limit engagement or association (or the appearance thereof) between oneself and someone or something. Politicians have been quick to keep their distance from the senator ever since news of her drug scandal broke. That kid needs to keep his distance—I'll call the police if I catch anyone trespassing on my property.
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go the distance

To persist with something to its completion. I think this team is good enough to go the distance and win the championship, don't you?
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Distance lends enchantment (to the view).

Prov. Things that are far away from you appear better than they really are. Jill: High school was the happiest time of my life. Jane: But that was fifteen years ago. I think distance lends enchantment to the view.

go the distance

Fig. to do the whole amount; to play the entire game; to run the whole race. (Originally sports use.) That horse runs fast. I hope it can go the distance. This is going to be a long, hard project. I hope I can go the distance.
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keep one's distance (from someone or something)

Fig. to maintain a respectful or cautious distance from someone or something. Keep your distance from John. He's in a bad mood. Keep your distance from the fire.
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keep someone or something at a distance

to retain some amount of physical distance from someone or something. Please try to keep Tom at a distance. He just gets in the way. I wanted to keep the smelly plant at a distance.
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put some distance between (someone and oneself or something)

to move or travel away from someone or something. Jill and I aren't getting along. I need to put some distance between her and me. I drove fast to put some distance between Max and me.
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within hailing distance

 and within calling distance; within shouting distance
close enough to hear someone call out. When the boat came within hailing distance, I asked if I could borrow some gasoline. We weren't within shouting distance, so I couldn't hear what you said to me.
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within walking distance

close enough to walk to. is the train station within walking distance? My office is within walking distance from here.
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go the distance

Carry through a course of action to completion. For example, He said he's willing to go the distance with this project. This expression originated in boxing, where it means "to last for all the rounds that have been scheduled." In baseball the same term means "to pitch an entire game." For a synonym, see all the way, def. 1.
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keep one's distance

Stay away; also, remain emotionally remote. For example, It's wise to keep one's distance from any wild animal, or Since the family argued with him, Harry's been keeping his distance. [Late 1500s]
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spitting distance

A very short distance, as in We were in spitting distance of winning the pennant but then we lost three games in a row . Alluding to the relatively short distance over which one's spit will carry, this idiom was first recorded in 1895 as within spitting range.
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go the distance

COMMON If you go the distance, you complete what you are doing and reach your goal. Dave Hilton, back from World Cup duty, failed to go the distance when he was forced off with a muscle strain. Note: You can also say that someone goes the full distance. Julian is entitled to natural justice and we are prepared to go the full distance. Note: A boxer who succeeds in fighting until the end of the match is said to `go the distance'.
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within spitting distance

1. If someone or something is within spitting distance of a place, they are very close to it. Most of the world's biggest financial firms are already established within spitting distance of the Bank of England. Logan Airport is built out into the bay, within spitting distance of Boston's skyline. Note: People sometimes vary this expression, for example saying that something or someone is in spitting distance or spitting distance away. Most of the invaders were public schoolboys living in spitting distance of Highgrove. Their apartment block is situated in the middle of Manhattan, with Broadway only spitting distance away.
2. If someone or something is within spitting distance of an amount, level, or goal, they are very close to achieving it. Its share of world trade was within spitting distance of Britain's. Economic recovery was not what got the Wilson government back to within spitting distance of success.
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within striking distance

COMMON
1. If someone or something is within striking distance of a place, they are very close to it. The cinema is within striking distance of ample car parking and gleaming new shops and restaurants. Ironbridge is well signposted from the motorway and within easy striking distance of both Birmingham and Manchester. Note: You can also say that someone or something is in striking distance of a place. I spent the bank holiday weekend in west London in order to be in striking distance of the festival.
2. If someone or something is within striking distance of an amount, level, or goal, they are very close to achieving it. We seem to be within striking distance of achieving 100 per cent of our objectives. Note: You can also say that someone or something is in striking distance of an amount, level, or goal. He is in striking distance of victory in the first round vote.

go the distance

complete a difficult task or endure an ordeal.
Go the distance is a metaphor from boxing that means, when used of a boxer, ‘complete a fight without being knocked out’ or, when used of a boxing match, ‘last the scheduled length’. In the USA there is an additional baseball-related sense: ‘pitch for the entire length of an inning’.
1998 Times ‘Everyone wants to see an amateur who can go the distance,’ another spectator said. Kuchar has certainly gone the distance.
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within spitting distance

within a very short distance.
1991 Time His reputation as a hard-boiled novelist is within spitting distance of Hammett's and Chandler's.
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within striking distance

near enough to hit or achieve.

at/from a ˈdistance

from a place or time that is not near; from far away: She had loved him at a distance for years.
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go the (full) ˈdistance

continue playing in a competition or sports contest until the end: Nobody thought he would last 15 rounds but he went the full distance.
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in/into the ˈdistance

far away but still able to be seen or heard: We saw lights in the distance.Alice stood staring into the distance.
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keep your ˈdistance (from somebody/something)

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keep somebody/something at a ˈdistance

not be too friendly or familiar with somebody/something: She tends to keep her distance from her neighbours, so none of them know her very well.
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within ˈspitting distance (of something)

(British English) (also within ˈshouting distance American English, British English ) (informal) very near a place: We live within spitting distance of the sea.
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within ˈstriking distance (of something)

near enough to be reached or attacked; near: In one minute the aircraft can be within striking distance of the target.There are lakes, mountains and forests all within striking distance. OPPOSITE: out of range (of something)

put some distance between someone and someone/something

tv. to lengthen the distance or time between oneself and someone or something (including a place). She needed enough money to put some distance between herself and her hometown.
See also: and, distance, put, something

within spitting distance

mod. close by. The house you’re looking for is within spitting distance, but it’s hard to find.
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References in classic literature ?
Within a short distance of the fort was an Osage village, the inhabitants of which, men, women, and children, thronged down to the water side to witness their landing.
The river led me a short distance within the shadow before it emptied into the Sojar Az.
I had progressed no great distance from the mouth of the river when I discerned, lying some distance at sea, a great island.
Tiny streams were trickling between the rows from the main ditch before him and at some distance to his right he could see people at work among the plants.
At its base was a line of well-tended shrubs and at some distance towards its eastern extremity it was vine covered to the top.
The nearest house was quite a distance away, while his own stood in a clearing in the thick jungle which approached no where nearer than sixty feet.
question, "What is the exact distance which separates the earth from its satellite?
Now the difference between its greatest and its least distance is too considerable to be left out of consideration.
Then it showed that the distance separating the projectile from the lunar surface "might" be reckoned at about 2,833 miles.
First, errors of observation, concerning the distance of the projectile from the surface of the moon, for on the 11th of December it was impossible to see it; and what Joseph T.
We must suppose the Melipona to arrange her cells in level layers, as she already does her cylindrical cells; and we must further suppose, and this is the greatest difficulty, that she can somehow judge accurately at what distance to stand from her fellow-labourers when several are making their spheres; but she is already so far enabled to judge of distance, that she always describes her spheres so as to intersect largely; and then she unites the points of intersection by perfectly flat surfaces.
It is situated on a high part of the plain; and hence is a landmark visible at a great distance.
But her pace never changed, and Vronsky, feeling a spatter of mud in his face, realized that he was once more the same distance from Gladiator.
At some little distance in front of the whole, marched the individual, who, by his position and air, appeared to be the leader of the band.
And Miss Monflathers, the audacious creature who presumed, even in the dimmest and remotest distance of her imagination, to conjure up the degrading picture, 'I am a'most inclined,' said Mrs Jarley, bursting with the fulness of her anger and the weakness of her means of revenge, 'to turn atheist when I think of it