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ringside seat

1. Literally, a front-row seat next to a boxing ring (thought to be the best place to watch the match). Wow, you got ringside seats to that fight? They must have cost thousands!
2. By extension, a place in close proximity to a certain situation or event. I unexpectedly had a ringside seat when a fight broke out at the bar. Living near this forest my whole life, I've had a ringside seat to witness the change in the population of birds.
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ringside seat

A place providing a close view of something, as in We lived right next door, so we had ringside seats for their quarrels. This term presumably came from boxing, where it denotes the seats just outside the boxing ring. [c. 1860]
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a ringside seat


a ringside view

If you have a ringside seat or a ringside view, you have an excellent and clear view of what is happening somewhere. From this hotel, you get a ringside seat at the volcano's performance. The first US presidential election for which I had a ringside seat was that which brought John F. Kennedy to office over 30 years ago. Note: In boxing, the ringside seats are the seats that are closest to the ring and have the best view.
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My desire to have a ringside seat to history was realized.
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But now Doncaster lightweight Bull will swap his own ringside seat for the ring itself after accepting a call to end his short-lived retirement and step in to provide Khan's 12th professional test.
I'd been given a ringside seat to observe man's inhumanity to man.
The lucky ticket holders from 14 countries and 34 states paid from $40 to $750 for the April 3 contest, with the top price garnering a take-home ringside seat.
The SOHO spacecraft, which stares at the sun continuously from a vantage point 1 million kilometers in front of Earth, had a ringside seat for the solar display.
com was asking PS81,000 for a ringside seat, and a VIP package being sold by US secondary selling sites was PS122,000.
Yep, if you had a spare PS10,000, you could have been one of the lucky four who forked out in return for a ringside seat.
But now Bull will swap his own ringside seat for the ring itself after accepting a call to end his short-lived retirement and step in to provide Khan's 12th professional test.
Tennis star Murray watched from a ringside seat as Khan dispatched Walsall journeyman Steve Gethin 49 seconds into the third round of a one-sided contest at the Braehead Arena.
She said her position gave her "a ringside seat on history" during the tenures in office of Prime Ministers Harold Wilson, Margaret Thatcher, John Major and now Tony Blair, all of whom she has met.