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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