spitting distance

noun

Definition of spitting distance

informal

  1. :  a short distance Our house is within spitting distance of the park.

Word by Word Definitions

spitplay spitting
  1. :  a slender pointed rod for holding meat over a fire

    :  a small point of land especially of sand or gravel running into a body of water

  1. :  to fix on or as if on a spit :  impale

  1. :  to eject (as saliva) from the mouth :  expectorate

    :  to express (unpleasant or malicious feelings) by or as if by spitting

    :  to utter with a spitting sound or scornful expression

  1. :  spittle, saliva

    :  the act or an instance of spitting

    :  a frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs

distanceplay
  1. :  discord

    :  separation (see separation 2b) in time

    :  the degree or amount of separation between two points, lines, surfaces, or objects

  1. :  to make or maintain a personal or emotional separation from :  to place or keep at a distance

    :  to leave far behind :  outstrip

  1. :  taking place via electronic media linking instructors and students who are not together in a classroom


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