within striking distance

(with)in striking distance

1. Literally, within range for an attack. The enemy target is in striking distance, sir. Order the attack when ready.
2. Within range of being able to be attained, accomplished, etc. Finally, after months of work, the end of my thesis is within striking distance.
3. Very close. Our neighbor's fence is within striking distance of our patio, so it's never felt very secluded back here.
See also: distance, striking

within striking 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 striking 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 striking distance of the sea, it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.

within striking distance

COMMON
1. If someone or something is within striking distance of a place, they are very close to it. The cinema is within striking distance of ample car parking and gleaming new shops and restaurants. Ironbridge is well signposted from the motorway and within easy striking distance of both Birmingham and Manchester. Note: You can also say that someone or something is in striking distance of a place. I spent the bank holiday weekend in west London in order to be in striking distance of the festival.
2. If someone or something is within striking distance of an amount, level, or goal, they are very close to achieving it. We seem to be within striking distance of achieving 100 per cent of our objectives. Note: You can also say that someone or something is in striking distance of an amount, level, or goal. He is in striking distance of victory in the first round vote.

within striking distance

near enough to hit or achieve.

within ˈstriking distance (of something)

near enough to be reached or attacked; near: In one minute the aircraft can be within striking distance of the target.There are lakes, mountains and forests all within striking distance. OPPOSITE: out of range (of something)
References in classic literature ?
They had not advanced within striking distance, however, before they were discovered by one of the trappers.
But just as he got within striking distance, the lady drew out a revolver and shot the animal, breaking his backbone.
But when he saw the canoe come down the river and take in Rokoff, when he saw it make for the Kincaid, he realized that only by possessing himself of a canoe could he hope to transport the beasts of the pack within striking distance of the enemy.
I'm working on an invention of a new aeroplane stabilizer, and if I go now it will be just at a time when I am within striking distance of success.
Summary: Ali Hamam fired in a last-gasp winner as Nejmeh edged Racing 1-0 Saturday to remain within striking distance of leaders Ahed after 16 rounds of the Lebanese Premier League.
78 and still within striking distance of Jan 12th 52-week highs of $12.
Defending champion San Beda stayed within striking distance of Lyceum after tripping Jose Rizal University, 54-48, in the other game.
However, there is now genuine optimism for the second half of the campaign as the Gunners are now back within striking distance of the top four.
Yet if United can emerge still within striking distance of City, the feeling will start to grow this will again be their year.
The victory means that Stockton are now just two points off the pace, although they have played a game more than their rivals, while Highway Coundon are also within striking distance after their 3-0 verdict at Bell AEI Rugby.
Furthermore, four of her rivals are within striking distance of her at the weights.
This could put Ireland within striking distance of hitting the 0.
Airdrie are within striking distance and we're capable of catching them.
A stunning run of form has seen Claudio Ranieri's men move within striking distance of leaders Inter.
CRICKET: A superb spell from South Africa skipper Johan Botha kept his side within striking distance after Australia opener David Warner earlier blasted his maiden one-day international half-century in the third Commonwealth Bank Series clash at the SCG.