spitting distance


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spitting distance

Close proximity or a short distance, as to or away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. Used especially in the phrase "in/within spitting distance." A victory was within spitting distance for the home team, but a late penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but it's in spitting distance of the ocean, so it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.
See also: distance, spit

spitting distance

A very short distance, as in We were in spitting distance of winning the pennant but then we lost three games in a row . Alluding to the relatively short distance over which one's spit will carry, this idiom was first recorded in 1895 as within spitting range.
See also: distance, spit
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Otherwise, look for Arvest to promptly close a branch--we can't say which--on McCain Boulevard in North Little Rock and on Highway 107 in Sherwood, because both banks currently have branches within spitting distance of each other.
But while most women would want a fresh start after a bitter split, she is now renting a PS10,000-a-month luxury apartment almost within spitting distance of the Georgian townhouse apartment they once shared.
He said: "I was working within spitting distance of a roofing contractor that had cherry pickers, safety nets, harnesses, helmets, the lot.
THE London Marathon snakes within spitting distance of the street where I grew up.
And within spitting distance of where the Warner's patrons once sat and munched popcorn while watching films, Foothills Theatre patrons watched live productions from 1987 to 2009 in the theater behind Filene's.
For a month last summer she crawled over and up the ice and rock of the mighty Ngozumpa glacier in Nepal, almost within spitting distance of Mount Everest.
HOLLYOAKS (CHANNEL 4) WARREN'S never been one to make friends easily, but he doesn't do himself any favours by snarling at Brendan Brady every time he comes within spitting distance.
The population, around half the size of the UK (34 million), inhabits the second largest country in the world, though most folks live within spitting distance of the US border.
You just think about and curse the lack of planning or foresight by the powers that be when you have two topclass cards and the tracks are within spitting distance of each other.
I think they are concerned with a possible Iranian takeover of Bahrain, which would put Iran effectively within spitting distance of the Arabian Peninsula", Netanyahu said.
This infernal pop festival is spitting distance - if you're a punk rock band performing - from my humble abode.
He posted the fastest lap of the race on his way to what would have been a richly deserved second place had he not been forced to retire within spitting distance of the chequered flag.
The Manc'n'Geordie duo bring on easy charm ta their culinary excursions- if your idea of affability is bellowing thickly accented non-sequiturs into the face of anyone in spitting distance.
Having lived across Africa and now in California, designer Yodit Eklund has always been within spitting distance of the beach.
I recently read that the same planning committee has given the go-ahead to again allow student accommodation on the old KwikSave site on Linthorpe Road which is within spitting distance of back yards of homes in the Gresham ward.