in the distance

in the distance

At a far-away point at which one can only just see or hear someone or something. We saw a car in the distance speeding toward the town, when all of a sudden the police swarmed the area.
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in/into the ˈdistance

far away but still able to be seen or heard: We saw lights in the distance.Alice stood staring into the distance.
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She must have grabbed the camera because you hear Treadwell screaming in the distance.
Without something concrete in the distance to capture one's attention, the eye is drawn to the simple beauty of the bright red hair band in the immediate foreground.
Could it be" asked one of his students, "when you can see an animal in the distance and tell whether it is a sheep or dog?