within striking distance

within striking distance (of something)

also in striking distance (of something)
1. very close to something The great thing about the house is that the ocean is within striking distance.
2. very close to achieving something The Republicans are within striking distance of winning the election.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the less polite but stronger form within spitting distance of something (very near): They live within spitting distance of my house, but luckily I don't see them much.
References in classic literature ?
But just as he got within striking distance, the lady drew out a revolver and shot the animal, breaking his backbone.
But when he saw the canoe come down the river and take in Rokoff, when he saw it make for the Kincaid, he realized that only by possessing himself of a canoe could he hope to transport the beasts of the pack within striking distance of the enemy.
I'm working on an invention of a new aeroplane stabilizer, and if I go now it will be just at a time when I am within striking distance of success.
RORY McILROY is within striking distance of landing his first Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title today.
Madrid: Lionel Messi came off the substitute's bench to score twice and help Barcelona to a 4-2 win at home to Real Betis that moved them to within striking distance of the La Liga title on Sunday.
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.
And they are within striking distance of the club's highest Premier League finish, the back-toback seventh places in 2000 and 2001.
Reem are their closest rivals, an 11-5 victory over Kiss keeping them within striking distance.
Yet if United can emerge still within striking distance of City, the feeling will start to grow this will again be their year.
The victory means that Stockton are now just two points off the pace, although they have played a game more than their rivals, while Highway Coundon are also within striking distance after their 3-0 verdict at Bell AEI Rugby.
Furthermore, four of her rivals are within striking distance of her at the weights.
Airdrie are within striking distance and we're capable of catching them.
A stunning run of form has seen Claudio Ranieri's men move within striking distance of leaders Inter.
CRICKET: A superb spell from South Africa skipper Johan Botha kept his side within striking distance after Australia opener David Warner earlier blasted his maiden one-day international half-century in the third Commonwealth Bank Series clash at the SCG.
Officers were within striking distance of the incident and were there very quickly.