out of reach


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out of reach

1. At a distance at which someone or something cannot be touched or grasped. Be sure to keep the medication behind a locked door that is out of reach of any children.
2. By extension, incapable of being achieved or obtained due to some limitation or restriction. Unfortunately, financial assistance is out of reach for many families due to the extremely low threshold for monthly income. There were many times when I thought my dream of becoming an actor was out of reach, but I just kept trying and working, and eventually I got the break of a lifetime.
See also: of, out, reach
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

out of reach

 
1. Lit. not near enough to be reached or touched. Place the cookies out of reach, or the children will eat them all. The mouse ran behind the piano, out of reach. The cat just sat and waited for it.
2. Fig. unattainable. I wanted to be president, but I'm afraid that such a goal is out of reach. I shall choose a goal that is not out of reach.
See also: of, out, reach
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

out of reach

see under in reach.
See also: of, out, reach
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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