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heartbeat (away) from being (something)

In a position to move into a position immediately upon the absence of one's superior or predecessor (often assumed to mean from death). The position of vice president may not seem important, but whoever it is will be a heartbeat away from being president, so we should take that into account when voting.
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in a heartbeat

Very quickly; as soon as is possible. If you need me, just call—I'll be there in a heartbeat. Oh, I'd move in a heartbeat—I'm so sick of the cold winters in this region.
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a heartbeat away from being (something)

Cliché set to be the next ruler upon the final heartbeat of the current ruler. (The decisive heartbeat would be the current ruler's last heartbeat.) The vice president is just a heartbeat away from being president. The prince was only a heartbeat away from being king.
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in a heartbeat

Fig. almost immediately. If I had the money, I would go back to college in a heartbeat. Just tell me that you need me and I'll come there in a heartbeat.
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a heartbeat (away) from

very close to; on the verge of.
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a ˈheartbeat away (from something)

very close to something: The offices are a heartbeat away from Singapore’s business centre.With all her musical talent, it seems that success is just a heartbeat away.
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in a ˈheartbeat

very quickly, without thinking about it: If I was offered another job, I’d leave in a heartbeat.
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in a heartbeat

Extremely quickly. This hyperbolic expression—what could actually happen in the space of a single heartbeat?—dates from the late 1800s.
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Following the completion of the transaction, Mobile Heartbeats current chief executive officer Ron Remy will serve as CEO of the organization which will operate as an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of HCA.
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The budget was tight enough already--particularly since Heartbeat of Miami serves in areas of financial need--but Avila knew if God was leading them to move into the former abortion facility, He would provide a way for it to happen.
Some people will give them back with LL250 inside," Wadih Remo, the managing director of Heartbeat, said.
Aspell said that this research demonstrated that the experience of one's self can be altered when presented with information about the internal state of one's body, like a heartbeat.
The young artists of Heartbeat are a living reality of people working together to build important relationships through musical dialogues.
The auction, conducted by auctioneers from Christie's, featured: an Elie Saab evening dress especially designed for the Heartbeat event, a painting by American artist Aaron Young, a Ford Mustang, a limited-series Jaeger-LeCoultre duometre watch, a Fendi Peekaboo handbag, a limited-edition Balenciaga crocodile handbag, and a pair of ruby and diamond earrings by Vivianne Debbas.
Conditions treated by permanently implanted pacemakers and ICDs include bradycardia (a slow heartbeat of less than 60 beats per minute), ventricular tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), ventricular Fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), and heart failure.
PAUL HANAGAN expects Irish Heartbeat to run a big race in tomorrow's William Hill Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster.
Our findings reveal that when the mother is breathing in a rhythmical fashion, the foetus can sense the shift in the mother's heartbeat and adapts its own heartbeat accordingly.
The Dundee-born star will lend his talents to Highland Heartbeat, a concert which will be filmed at Glasgow's Theatre Royal next month, then broadcast in the United States.
Swansea-born William Simons, known for his role as PC Alf Ventress in hit show Heartbeat, has lived in a cottage in the village of Goathland, on the North Yorkshire Moors, for the past 14 years.