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within an ace of

Extremely close to doing, achieving, or obtaining something, typically having failed by a very narrow margin. I came within an ace of winning that race, but I guess I'll have to settle for second place. They were within an ace of defeat when the quarterback threw a hail mary for a last-second touchdown. Crude oil prices came within an ace of $80 a barrel on Friday, threatening to plunge markets further into recession around the globe.
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within an ace of (doing) something

 and within a hair('s breadth) of something
very close to doing something. I came within an ace of getting into an accident. We were within an ace of beating the all-time record. We were within a hair's breadth of beating the all-time record.
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within an ace of

Also, within an inch of. Very close to, within a narrow margin of, as in We were within an ace of calling you, but we'd lost your phone number, or We were within an inch of buying tickets for that concert. The first term refers to the ace of dice, that is, the one pip on a die. The lowest number one can throw with a pair of dice is two (two aces), a throw that is within an ace of one. The term began to be used for other kinds of near miss by about 1700.
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within an ace of

very close to.
Ace here has the figurative meaning of ‘a tiny amount’ and is used with reference to the single spot on the playing card. The phrase was first recorded in the early 18th century.
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within an ace of something/of doing something

(British English) very close to something: We came within an ace of victory.
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within an ace of (doing) something

mod. very close to doing something. We were within an ace of beating the all-time record.
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within an ace of something

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within an ace of

On the verge of; very near to: came within an ace of losing the election.
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They came within an ace of being one of the biggest cup shock victim for years - but in the end prevailed 22-20 at Carmarthen Quins of the Welsh National League.
HAVING come within an ace of qualifying for the Open for the second successive year, David Shacklady (Mossock Hall) now turns his attentions to the next golfing challenge on his horizon - the flagship event for Britain & Ireland's club professionals, the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship.
Clare recorded a rare McGrath Cup success with a win over Limerick last Sunday while Paul Bealin's side came within an ace of knocking Dublin out of the O'Byrne Cup.
Their display was in total contrast to that of Tuesday when they came within an ace of seeing off the defending champions and top qualifiers Spain, one of the world's leading sides.
He said: "We were within an ace of an arrangement on protection of pay and conditions in the Livingston site transfer when the Tesco managers produced a statement stating quite clearly they wanted to derecognise us.
Pirelli, the sole supplier of tyres for the series, have made a massive grip breakthrough - and tests last week in Qatar put WSB lap times within an ace of the much more powerful MotoGP machines.
If you take only one point from this production - and most will surely take much more - it is that through short-sightedness we came within an ace of losing the valuable canal leisure facility for ever.
The Proteas came within an ace of squaring the series despite a match-winning innings from England all-rounder Kevin Pietersen and, while his swashbuckling form cannot go onforever, there is room for further improvement in the home side.
Julio Arca says Championship top two Wigan and Ipswich are starting to feel the heat as Sunderland moved to within an ace of the automatic promotion slots at the weekend, (writes James Hunter).
Holders Marconi lost 1-0 in a Midland Combination derby at arch rivals Coventry Sphinx while Dunlop went within an ace of victory at Coventry Alliance champions-elect Bedworth Ex-Service before going down 2-1.
Brewerton, who played in the Vagliano match of two years ago in Venice, got a taste of professional golf when she competed in the Tenerife Open in April and came within an ace of pulling off an amazing triumph.
Ultimately, the Shrews were lucky to escape with a point after the visitors came within an ace of a dramatic victory when Clark Keltie hit a stoppage time free-kick against Ian Dunbavin's crossbar.
Judge Philip Gregory said: 'You were within an ace of killing the lady who you hit and I have no doubt, having heard about the injuries she sustained, she will be permanently handicapped for the rest of her life.
But the Italians, playing with passion and no little skill, came within an ace of beating us.
That is the message from Martin O'Neill with his side, who hold a 3-1 first-leg lead, within an ace of qualifying for the lucrative group stages of the competition.