heartbeat (away) from being (something)

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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.
See also: being, heartbeat
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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You are just a missing heartbeat away from the Presidency.
'I don't mean to be disrespectful Ma'am, you are just missing a heartbeat away from the Presidency.
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But if McCain had truly always put country before party and ambition, as so many are now claiming, he never would have tried to put Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the presidency.
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It's as if Pence a who is "just a heartbeat away from being the President of the United States," as an old saying goes a wants to have a war, and who would win?
Woodman said: "It feels like I have been a heartbeat away from the action a few times.
"I was a heartbeat away from having my name on the Arboretum Wall in Lichfield."
It is a movement born of a mother's heart, to save those just a heartbeat away from premature death.
Over at Buckingham Palace there will be another Charles, a heartbeat away from the throne, hoping history does not repeat itself.
The world is frightfully a heartbeat away from a dreadful nuclear showdown between Russia and the United States, which is a scenario increasingly posed by the existence of ready-to-launch nuclear missiles.
"It's a fantastic oldschool function room in Guisborough, great seating, big stage, comics are going to love playing there - and it's all just a heartbeat away from the High Street.