within spitting distance (of someone or something)

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within spitting distance (of someone or something)

In close proximity to or a short distance away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. A World Cup victory was within spitting distance for Germany, but a last penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but as it is within spitting distance of the sea, it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.
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within spitting distance

1. If someone or something is within spitting distance of a place, they are very close to it. Most of the world's biggest financial firms are already established within spitting distance of the Bank of England. Logan Airport is built out into the bay, within spitting distance of Boston's skyline. Note: People sometimes vary this expression, for example saying that something or someone is in spitting distance or spitting distance away. Most of the invaders were public schoolboys living in spitting distance of Highgrove. Their apartment block is situated in the middle of Manhattan, with Broadway only spitting distance away.
2. If someone or something is within spitting distance of an amount, level, or goal, they are very close to achieving it. Its share of world trade was within spitting distance of Britain's. Economic recovery was not what got the Wilson government back to within spitting distance of success.
See also: distance, spit, within

within spitting distance

within a very short distance.
1991 Time His reputation as a hard-boiled novelist is within spitting distance of Hammett's and Chandler's.
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within ˈspitting distance (of something)

(British English) (also within ˈshouting distance American English, British English ) (informal) very near a place: We live within spitting distance of the sea.
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within spitting distance

mod. close by. The house you’re looking for is within spitting distance, but it’s hard to find.
See also: distance, spit, within