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within an ace of (doing) something

 and within a hair('s breadth) of something
very close to doing something. I came within an ace of getting into an accident. We were within an ace of beating the all-time record. We were within a hair's breadth of beating the all-time record.
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within an ace of

Also, within an inch of. Very close to, within a narrow margin of, as in We were within an ace of calling you, but we'd lost your phone number, or We were within an inch of buying tickets for that concert. The first term refers to the ace of dice, that is, the one pip on a die. The lowest number one can throw with a pair of dice is two (two aces), a throw that is within an ace of one. The term began to be used for other kinds of near miss by about 1700.
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within an ace of

On the verge of; very near to: came within an ace of losing the election.
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In the final minutes Athletic came within an ace of levelling the scores, but Rovers defender Carl Slater was perfectly positioned to clear off the line from a corner.
Ground improvements at Llanelian Road - including 400 new seats - are in place and manager Gary Finley has strengthened the squad who came within an ace of promotion last season.
He said: "We were within an ace of an arrangement on protection of pay and conditions in the Livingston site transfer when the Tesco managers produced a statement stating quite clearly they wanted to derecognise us.
Pirelli, the sole supplier of tyres for the series, have made a massive grip breakthrough - and tests last week in Qatar put WSB lap times within an ace of the much more powerful MotoGP machines.
If you take only one point from this production - and most will surely take much more - it is that through short-sightedness we came within an ace of losing the valuable canal leisure facility for ever.
Julio Arca says Championship top two Wigan and Ipswich are starting to feel the heat as Sunderland moved to within an ace of the automatic promotion slots at the weekend, (writes James Hunter).
Williams admits that he does have a clue about the nine-ball game but still pushed The Pearl to within an ace of defeat in their group game.
Judge David Hodson said: "He was within an ace of dying.
Today's second national fire strike came within an ace of being called off after all-night talks between the FBU and their bosses.
NICK KNIGHT Seems to be typecast these days as a one-day batsman in international terms, but he came within an ace of averaging 100 for Warwickshire this season and clearly has something to prove if his chance ever comes again in Tests.
BATTLING Caley came within an ace of claiming their second big English scalp of the season in this friendly at the Rec.
RHYL maintained their unbeaten record at the top of the Huws Gray Alliance yesterday - but only just as Holyhead came within an ace of causing a major upset.
WOLVES legend Kenny Hibbitt says Mick McCarthy should win Manager of the Year for taking them within an ace of safety.
They came within an ace of being one of the biggest cup shock victim for years - but in the end prevailed 22-20 at Carmarthen Quins of the Welsh National League.
Clare recorded a rare McGrath Cup success with a win over Limerick last Sunday while Paul Bealin's side came within an ace of knocking Dublin out of the O'Byrne Cup.