in spitting distance (of someone or something)

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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.
See also: distance, spit