spitting distance

noun

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

Examples of spitting distance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web February brought the unemployment rate within spitting distance of 4%, rising to 3.9% from 3.7% in January. Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 That’s the only time that happened, and, ironically, within spitting distance of Mar-a-Lago. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2024 Being under the same roof as Today, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, and Late Night With Seth Meyers — not to mention filming within spitting distance of Broadway theaters — will give Clarkson opportunities for more surprise guests, say the show's producers. Christian Holub, EW.com, 4 Oct. 2023 The Wild have done some good work to get within spitting distance of a playoff spot, and there is a lot of hockey to be played. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 3 Jan. 2024 The Alaska Long Trail corridor is also within spitting distance of several existing cabins, including the Dale Clemens Cabin and the Crow Pass Cabin. Corey Buhay, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Jan. 2024 Stocks rallied, putting the Dow Jones Industrial Average at a new record, and the other major indexes in spitting distance of one. WSJ, 18 Dec. 2023 That Cause 'Concern' for Reality Competition Spin-Off THE WINNER After recitation of The Lord's Prayer and one final night sleeping within spitting distance of the show's historic $4.56 million prize, Mai and Phill learned their final game would be an all-time classic: Rock, Paper, Scissors. Jenna Wang, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2023 For trail users, its wetlands and woodlands surrounded by modern residential subdivisions will be an all-new experience, with the tracks replaced by a paved path within spitting distance of the Fox River. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2023

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

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