within hailing distance

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.
See also: distance, hail, within
References in classic literature ?
We now signaled the flagship of Helium's navy to approach, and when she was within hailing distance I called out that we had the Princess Dejah Thoris on board, and that we wished to transfer her to the flagship that she might be taken immediately to the city.
Trent was within hailing distance before he recognised the European.
Von Horn ran the small boat within hailing distance of the dismasted hulk whose side was now lined with waving, gesticulating natives.
Within hailing distance they set up such a loud shouting that presently heads appeared above the top of the parapet and soon answering shouts were rising from within Fort Dinosaur.
It's all settled," announced the lady, with great animation, when they came within hailing distance.
In the middle, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and co could not get within hailing distance of Toni Kroos, as Real played at the pace they wanted to.
With six carrier battle groups, China will be within hailing distance of US capabilities which are built around 10 carrier groups, with two under construction.
Even so, both the Market Tightness and Sales Volume Index are within hailing distance of the breakeven level and the Debt Financing Index rose despite some rise in interest rates.
He went off at such a gallop under Ruby Walsh you felt he had to come back eventually, but apart from the opposition closing briefly when Walsh gave him a breather turning out of the back straight, nothing got within hailing distance.
But Iran always has a ship within hailing distance.
When you add the health care bill--the last, great unfinished piece of the New Deal--to the massive stimulus package that helped avert another Great Depression, to a host of less-celebrated but still impressive measures (tripling the size of AmeriCorps, cracking down on credit card abuse, protecting women against pay discrimination, giving the FDA regulatory authority over tobacco), Obama has already racked up enough liberal legislative victories in his first year-plus to put himself within hailing distance of Johnson's domestic policy record.
This could be Hughes's too - nobody in the world is riding better and he is the only jockey within hailing distance of Ryan Moore for the British championship.
The 10,000 mark seems to be within hailing distance yet so difficult to reach,'' said Yutaka Miura, a senior technical analyst at Mizuho Securities Co.
Smith was born within hailing distance of Aintree and supports Everton and is now the BHA's head of handicapping.
Flounder are present most of the year within hailing distance of the inlet.