striking distance

noun

Definition of 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 Brown is the reason the Racers are within striking distance. Nubyjas Wilborn | Nwilborn@al.com, al, 22 Dec. 2021 Junior guard Azyah Newson-Cole matched Ward shot for shot in the first quarter, scoring seven points and keeping the Knights within striking distance. Casey Drottar, chicagotribune.com, 2 Dec. 2021 Ducks trailing 30-3 at halftime, Anthony Brown Jr. threw touchdowns of 66, 34 and 30 yards to get Oregon within striking distance of what ended as a 47-32 loss to No. oregonlive, 30 Dec. 2021 True freshman JD Davison was responsible for eight of Alabama’s 15 turnovers, notably four-straight midway through the first half, but contributed six key rebounds and three assists that kept the Crimson Tide within striking distance of Tennessee. Evan Dudley, al, 29 Dec. 2021 Since then, Blackstone has scooped up another 100 million square feet, putting it within striking distance of Prologis. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 3 Dec. 2021 Bosa has 15 sacks on the season, putting him within striking distance of Aldon Smith's franchise record of 19.5 with three games to play. Nicholas Mcgee, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Giannis Antetokounmpo is doing Giannis things, and Khris and Jrue are back contributing at a high level, putting the Bucks within striking distance of first place. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Dec. 2021 The military buildup reached a breaking point this week as the number of Russian forces within striking distance of Ukraine surpassed 100,000 troops, prompting President Joe Biden and President Vladimir Putin to confer. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of striking distance

1751, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of striking distance was in 1751

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17 Jan 2022

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“Striking distance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/striking%20distance. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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striking distance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of striking distance

: the distance from which something can be easily reached

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