within hailing distance

within hailing distance

 and within calling distance; within shouting distance
close enough to hear someone call out. When the boat came within hailing distance, I asked if I could borrow some gasoline. We weren't within shouting distance, so I couldn't hear what you said to me.
See also: distance, hail, within
References in classic literature ?
We now signaled the flagship of Helium's navy to approach, and when she was within hailing distance I called out that we had the Princess Dejah Thoris on board, and that we wished to transfer her to the flagship that she might be taken immediately to the city.
Trent was within hailing distance before he recognised the European.
Von Horn ran the small boat within hailing distance of the dismasted hulk whose side was now lined with waving, gesticulating natives.
Within hailing distance they set up such a loud shouting that presently heads appeared above the top of the parapet and soon answering shouts were rising from within Fort Dinosaur.
It's all settled," announced the lady, with great animation, when they came within hailing distance.
The form doesn't put him within hailing distance of Dream Castle or Le Brivido but he must be doing something right at home and is going to outrun his price.
And Jeremy Corbyn was quick to exploit these serious discrepancies, as Labour gradually moved within hailing distance of 10 Downing Street - something no one would have believed possible a month or so ago.
Virtually nothing--her true medical condition (Terri was falsely described as being a "persistent vegetative state" and/or "brain dead"), what she allegedly would have "wanted" (to die this horrible death), her condition after 11 days without any nourishment (described by her estranged husband's attorney as "peaceful," "beautiful," and/or "free of pain")--was within hailing distance of the truth.
The ride is still firm enough to be alert to a possible one tonne-plus payload, but at least within hailing distance of a modern hatchback.
However, with only one rival rated within hailing distance of her on the figures, she might not need to.
The credit is within hailing distance of having achieved its goal: It was intended to create demand for solar power systems, bringing into being an industry whose products would eventually be able to compete without subsidies.
In the middle, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and co could not get within hailing distance of Toni Kroos, as Real played at the pace they wanted to.
With six carrier battle groups, China will be within hailing distance of US capabilities which are built around 10 carrier groups, with two under construction.
But Iran always has a ship within hailing distance.
When you add the health care bill--the last, great unfinished piece of the New Deal--to the massive stimulus package that helped avert another Great Depression, to a host of less-celebrated but still impressive measures (tripling the size of AmeriCorps, cracking down on credit card abuse, protecting women against pay discrimination, giving the FDA regulatory authority over tobacco), Obama has already racked up enough liberal legislative victories in his first year-plus to put himself within hailing distance of Johnson's domestic policy record.