striking distance


: a distance from which something can be easily reached or attained
almost within striking distance of their goal

Examples of striking distance in a Sentence

The snake was within striking distance.
Recent Examples on the Web In just two months, its price has soared 40% to more than $62,000, putting it in striking distance from its all-time high of about $69,000. Bruce Gil, Quartz, 3 Mar. 2024 Since the start of the year, investors have been clambering for coins, putting prices in striking distance from their all-time record. Susan Howson, Quartz, 3 Mar. 2024 Can the Arizona State Sun Devils and Arizona Wildcats take advantage? UCLA (7-10, 2-4) and USC (8-9, 2-4) sit as part of a four-way tie for eighth place while ASU (10-6, 4-1) sits in second right behind Oregon (13-3, 5-0) with Arizona (12-4, 3-2) in striking distance. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 15 Jan. 2024 There’s something poetic about a son of a storied Iditarod family finally finding himself in striking distance of claiming the title, Ogdon said. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2023 See all Example Sentences for striking distance 

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of striking distance was in 1751

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“Striking distance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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