striking distance


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

Example Sentences

The snake was within striking distance.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 This allowed Kansas State to secure 11 second chance points to TCU’s 3, which hindered the Frogs ability to get back to striking distance in the second half. Dallas News, 7 Feb. 2023 That puts the Biden administration in striking distance of meeting its goal of cutting emissions roughly in half by 2030. Emily Cochrane,, 7 Aug. 2022 The senior went 8-for-8 in the fourth quarter from the free throw line and kept the Timberwolves within striking distance with a number of impressive offensive finishes in the first half. Scott Sepich, oregonlive, 2 Feb. 2023 But UConn went scoreless for nearly four minutes from there as Providence once again got within striking distance. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 1 Feb. 2023 The northeastern city of Kharkiv, recaptured by Ukraine in September, has regained much of its prewar population, but at just 25 miles from the Russian border remains well within striking distance. Matthew Mpoke Bigg, New York Times, 29 Jan. 2023 Up 20-17, with the Jaguars within striking distance, the Chiefs had second-and-goal from the Jacksonville six-yard-line. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2023 Michigan never trailed again, though Minnesota stayed within striking distance. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 22 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of striking distance was in 1751

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“Striking distance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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