(with)in striking distance

(with)in striking distance

1. Literally, within range for an attack. The enemy target is in striking distance, sir. Order the attack when ready. No, I don't know who hit our convoy—we didn't see anyone within striking distance! OK, and then once the deer is in striking distance, pull the trigger.
2. Within range of being able to be attained, accomplished, etc. Finally, after months of work, the end of my thesis is within striking distance. Now that graduation is within striking distance, plenty of the kids have come down with "senioritis," an apparent inability to do homework—or even show up anymore. Thank goodness we're finally within striking distance of finishing this report and going back to 40-hour work weeks.
3. Very close. Our neighbor's fence is within striking distance of our patio, so it's never felt very secluded back here. There's no privacy when you're sitting in your cubicle with 10 of your co-workers in striking distance. That's why I go back to that old empty office when I need to take a personal call. Come on, you're within striking distance standing right there. Back up and give me some breathing room!
See also: distance, striking
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within striking distance

COMMON
1. If someone or something is within striking distance of a place, they are very close to it. The cinema is within striking distance of ample car parking and gleaming new shops and restaurants. Ironbridge is well signposted from the motorway and within easy striking distance of both Birmingham and Manchester. Note: You can also say that someone or something is in striking distance of a place. I spent the bank holiday weekend in west London in order to be in striking distance of the festival.
2. If someone or something is within striking distance of an amount, level, or goal, they are very close to achieving it. We seem to be within striking distance of achieving 100 per cent of our objectives. Note: You can also say that someone or something is in striking distance of an amount, level, or goal. He is in striking distance of victory in the first round vote.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

within striking distance

near enough to hit or achieve.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

within ˈstriking distance (of something)

near enough to be reached or attacked; near: In one minute the aircraft can be within striking distance of the target.There are lakes, mountains and forests all within striking distance. OPPOSITE: out of range (of something)
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