come within an ace of (something)

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come within an ace of (something)

To almost get, achieve, or experience something. She came within an ace of the gold medal, but her leg cramped in the last few meters. Hundreds of people came within an ace of death when their apartment building caught on fire in the middle of the night.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

come within an ace of something

to come very close to [doing] something. I came within an ace of leaving school. I'm glad you talked me out of it. Donna came within an ace of having an accident.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

come within an ace of something

BRITISH
If you come within an ace of something, you very nearly succeed in doing it. Note: In many card games, the ace is the card with the highest score. She had just watched her hero come within an ace of a place in the quarter finals. Note: You can also say that someone is within an ace of something They were within an ace of solving the problem. Note: In this expression, `ace' refers to a score of one on a dice, rather than a playing card.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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Despite slipping down the divisions, Derry have still managed some fine Championship performances, like ousting Cavan from the qualifiers two years ago and coming within an ace of doing likewise to Mayo last summer.
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