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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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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.
See also: away, being, heartbeat

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.
See also: away, heartbeat

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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During the task, when the volunteers were tapping out their heartbeat unaided, they were asked to rate their performance on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being 'inaccurate' and 10 'extremely accurate'.
Chaya's documentary about his boat trip across the Indian Ocean premiered last week at the ABC malls in Dbayeh and Ashrafieh as part of the Heartbeat box campaign.
Washington, August 16 ( ANI ): A new research has said that a visual projection of human heartbeats can be used to generate an 'out-of-body experience.
Heartbeat was founded in 2007 under a grant from Fulbright and MTVu to offer programs for Jewish and Arab youth to use the power of music to build trust.
Having run my own MSP in the past, we know how important it is to retain managed service clients, and our unique tool makes it possible to regularly solicit, collect, and analyze customer feedback, said Gordon Tan, Founder at Client Heartbeat.
Heartbeat believes that financial constraints should never be an obstacle to treating children with heart disease.
The discovery was made using a machine called a magnetocardiograph, which uses a strong magnetic field to record heartbeats.
Highland Heartbeat is being produced by his friend, singer and broadcaster Fiona Kennedy.
I get on well with my neighbours, and the locals couldn't care less who I am, but there are so many Heartbeat 'groupies' now that I'm becoming very reclusive and I don't want to be.
I did three series of Mersey Beat, three series of Casualty, and have done three series of Heartbeat, so three seems to be my lucky number.
HeartBeat was launched this month and will run for the rest of year.
Joining them will be Heartbeat author Nicholas Rhea who will arrive in his 1968 Mark II Jaguar.
The Home Heartbeat System monitors your home and delivers security information (such as when doors and windows are opened) to a small key-chain device you can carry while on vacation, $150, by Home Heartbeat.
The figure, part of the 2005 Sage Heartbeat Survey, is up from 27 per cent in 2004.
Herbal weight-loss drug Metabolife 356 can cause subtle changes in a person's heartbeat, the kind of alterations that sometimes lead to dangerous heart arrhythmias, researchers say.