spitting distance


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Related to spitting distance: in stride, on the back burner

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.
See also: distance, spit
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The population, around half the size of the UK (34 million), inhabits the second largest country in the world, though most folks live within spitting distance of the US border.
You just think about and curse the lack of planning or foresight by the powers that be when you have two topclass cards and the tracks are within spitting distance of each other.
I think they are concerned with a possible Iranian takeover of Bahrain, which would put Iran effectively within spitting distance of the Arabian Peninsula", Netanyahu said.
This infernal pop festival is spitting distance - if you're a punk rock band performing - from my humble abode.
He posted the fastest lap of the race on his way to what would have been a richly deserved second place had he not been forced to retire within spitting distance of the chequered flag.
The Manc'n'Geordie duo bring on easy charm ta their culinary excursions- if your idea of affability is bellowing thickly accented non-sequiturs into the face of anyone in spitting distance.
Having lived across Africa and now in California, designer Yodit Eklund has always been within spitting distance of the beach.
We have enough shops selling cheap alcohol already - I would say at least 12 within spitting distance.
I recently read that the same planning committee has given the go-ahead to again allow student accommodation on the old KwikSave site on Linthorpe Road which is within spitting distance of back yards of homes in the Gresham ward.
The euro stayed within spitting distance of record highs against the dollar and pound following the ECB decision after earlier hitting a record high of 1.
To celebrate the unique event of the centenary of the country's first marathon, Coventry Godiva Harriers are organising the N P Aerospace Marathon Tour of Coventry and Warwickshire, five races in as many days (April 27, May 2-5) covering the full marathon distance, two of the stages being within spitting distance of the original 1908 route (in Allesley and near Meriden).
And what a scunner it must be for cash-rich Godolphin to know they'll never come within spitting distance of the great man's achievements.
So many cultivars means there's a rose for almost every situation, whether you live in chilly Zone 2, have a fully shaded yard, or garden within spitting distance of saltwater.
T is a "transman" who lives with a loving wife within spitting distance of the barren site where once the Twin Towers had stood.
At the equally tiny library of Borden-Carleton--almost within spitting distance of the enormous Confederation Bridge--every inch of floor space was filled.