within an ace of something/of doing something
within an ace of (doing) (something)
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.
within an ace of (doing) somethingand 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.
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.
within an ace ofvery 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.
within an ace of something/of doing something(British English) very close to something: We came within an ace of victory.
within an ace of (doing) something
mod. very close to doing something. We were within an ace of beating the all-time record.
within an ace of somethingverb
within an ace of
On the verge of; very near to: came within an ace of losing the election.