within grasp

within grasp

1. Literally, so close that one can or can nearly grasp it with one's hands. A possessive adjective or proper noun can be used between "within" and "grasp." I had to shimmy my chair over to the counter so the TV remote was within grasp. The ball was within his grasp as he dove into the air and stretched his arms out, but it slipped through his fingers at the last moment.
2. Very near to being obtainable or achievable. A possessive adjective or proper noun can be used between "within" and "grasp." The Super Bowl championship was within their grasp, when the quarterback slipped on the AstroTurf and fumbled the ball, allowing the other team to score a last-minute touchdown and win the game. This novel is a masterpiece, Sarah. I feel like the Booker Prize could be within grasp for you.
3. Very close to being apprehended. A possessive adjective or proper noun can be used between "within" and "grasp." Police have issued a statement that the fugitive is within their grasp, and that he should be in custody within 48 hours. The rogue agent was within grasp, but he managed to elude the CIA at the last moment.
See also: grasp, within
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*within one's grasp

 
1. Lit. where one can grasp something with one's hand. (*Typically: be ~;, get ~; get something ~.) The rope was within his grasp, but he was too weak to reach for it.
2. . Fig. [for something] to be obtainable; [for a goal] to be almost won. (Does not involve grabbing or grasping. *Typically: be ~; get ~; get something ~.) Victory is within our grasp, so we must keep playing the game to win. Her goal is within her grasp at last.
See also: grasp, within
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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These last now hoist the bucket within grasp of the Indian, to whom another person has reached up a very long pole.
Austria added that it wasn't just a salvaged season for them, but the title in the second conference meant that the Grand Slam is once again within grasp.
And outgoing Business Secretary Greg Clark said the future of British Steel was "certainly within grasp" in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
THE future of key Teesside employer British Steel is "certainly within grasp", according to Business Secretary Greg Clark.
The journey is affordable which makes the moon appear closer to the earth, and the celestial object is within grasp and firing our imagination to go to worlds known and unknown.
In the past two days, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg as well as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have said a comprehensive peace agreement with the Taliban is within grasp.
"Everything running smoothly, the pressure seems to be off, great opportunities within grasp and ahead of plan.
Asked if he's relieved that negotiations are finally under way and that a resolution to the long and drawn out row is within grasp, Robins said: "They are in talks.
But Kaptain has been a steadying hand in good and difficult times, and his dreams for Elgin to be a "City of Choice" are still within grasp.
On the sidelines of the summit, May said it has made good progress in Brexit talks and a deal was still within grasp. "We still have it within our grasp to leave the EU with a deal on 29 March," she stated.
WHAT seemed recently to be within grasp, ie the eradication of polio in Pakistan, has once again turned out to be an elusive dream.
A Premier point within grasp. H Wembley are Newcastle that theme with seven left.
A deal on the rules that govern the Paris climate accord appeared within grasp Saturday, as officials from almost 200 countries worked to bridge remaining differences after two weeks of U.N.
Ambassador Han said the peaceful coexistence and co-prosperity for the Korean peninsula is within grasp. He said there's a need to close the gap between the North Korea and South Korea.