shouting distance

noun

: a short distance : easy reach
usually used with within
lived within shouting distance of her cousins

Examples of shouting distance in a Sentence

We live within shouting distance of my parents. he's within shouting distance of being the winningest coach in college basketball history
Recent Examples on the Web The strategy paid off as Derrick Jones Jr. went just 1 for 6 from 3-point range, despite those looks coming with no defender within shouting distance of him. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 7 Jan. 2024 Microsoft —the only big tech company whose market cap is within shouting distance of Apple’s $3 trillion level—is up 55% so far this year, and some others in the group have risen much more. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2023 But dialects could result from a more deliberate process that helps the birds recognize their mates and families, friends and colleagues within, say, shouting distance. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Beyond those five, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is the only remaining contender within shouting distance of qualification. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 3 Nov. 2023 The surge is within shouting distance of the all-time high in the San Diego region of $6.435, set on Oct. 5, 2022. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Sep. 2023 Wagner mercenaries were within shouting distance when the ambush began. Alex Horton, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2023 Yu Jing-Pin’s lovely photography contrasts wintry wides and warm close-ups, as writer-director Chen carves out three characters against the frozen landscapes of Yanji, a small Chinese town in shouting distance of the North Korean border. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 15 June 2023 But he's also really stepped up his criticism of DeSantis, who is the only competitor who's within shouting distance of him in the polls. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shouting distance was in 1930

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“Shouting distance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shouting%20distance. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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