striking distance


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 Democrats believe a win is within striking distance. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "All eyes now officially on Georgia as GOP Senate majority hangs in the balance," 11 Nov. 2020 In addition, Trump would need to hold on to his shrinking leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia, where Biden is well within striking distance. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "Trump’s mixed message: Stop the count or keep counting?," 5 Nov. 2020 Republicans are still within striking distance for several incumbent freshmen Democrats, such as Kendra Horn in Oklahoma's 5th, Xochitl Torres Small in New Mexico 2nd, Max Rose in New York's 11th and Ben McAdams in Utah's 4th. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "Election Day is here - Trail Markers special early edition," 3 Nov. 2020 Jackson threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles, turnovers that helped Pittsburgh stay within striking distance until its offense finally got on track. David Ginsburg, Star Tribune, "Steelers stay unbeaten with 28-24 comeback win over Ravens," 1 Nov. 2020 Biden has had a slight advantage in most polls, while some suggest Trump remains within striking distance. Thomas Beaumont And Aamer Madhani,, "The road to 270: How Biden or Trump could get the electoral votes they need," 31 Oct. 2020 But the Texas defense made enough plays to keep within striking distance. Nick Moyle,, "Texas secures season-saving upset over No. 6 Oklahoma State in overtime," 31 Oct. 2020 According to polls, Tipirneni was within striking distance of Schweikert during the last few months of the race. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "David Schweikert wins in Arizona's 6th Congressional District," 7 Nov. 2020 As of late Friday, Mr. Biden was within striking distance of being the next president of the United States, powered by tight statewide victories in the Midwest states that went for President Trump in 2016: Michigan and Wisconsin. New York Times, "Biden Leads, but No Call Yet Four Days After Election: This Week in the 2020 Race," 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of striking distance

1751, in the meaning defined above

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“Striking distance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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: the distance from which something can be easily reached

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