striking distance


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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
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BEIRUT: Ali Hamam fired in a last-gasp winner as Nejmeh edged Racing 1-0 Saturday to remain within striking distance of leaders Ahed after 16 rounds of the Lebanese Premier League.
The sources said that the army men, backed up by the Russian fighter jets, have liberated several regions in the Southeastern part of the town of al-Salamiyah, coming to the striking distance from 'Aqayrabat for the first time in recent years.
However, there is now genuine optimism for the second half of the campaign as the Gunners are now back within striking distance of the top four.
Within striking distance are seven players tied at 5.
1 BRAKES edged past struggling Didcot to keep themselves within striking distance of a play-off place in the Zamaretto Premier division.
The Lakers (18-7) have won five of their last six and are within striking distance of the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs (20-3) and Dallas Mavericks (19-5).
Goosen (four under) and Sterne (five under) are well adrift of halfway pacesetter David Drysdale (11 under), but the South African aces are only just outside the top 20 and within striking distance.
BOTH Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington could soon be within striking distance of Tiger Woods at the top of the world rankings.
CRICKET: Battling halfcenturies from Matthew Hayden, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey put Australia within striking distance of averting the follow-on in the third Border-Gavaskar Test against India in Delhi today.
Officers were within striking distance of the incident and were there very quickly.
Na moved within striking distance as he matched his compatriot's feat by also finishing with three straight birdies in his 64.
But Aussie star Trent Barrett put out-of-sorts Warriors back in it as he crashed over for his ninth try of the season and a conversion from Pat Richards put Wigan within striking distance.
First-round co-leader Kevin Chappell of UCLA remained within striking distance of the leaders at 145 after posting a second round score of 1-over 73.
Each is within striking distance of Burns, who has returned $150,000 that he got from disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his Indian tribe clients.
You have to be within striking distance of a cyclotron," says Quake, but these machines are fairly well distributed across the United States.