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.

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In an inning that featured the ejections of San Diego manager Andy Green and first baseman Eric Hosmer for arguing about a strike call on a checked swing, the Padres got to within what felt like striking distance in a 9-5 game. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies hold on for 11-10 victory over Padres to clinch second straight series victory," 14 Sep. 2019 With the Revolution among the hottest teams in the league and sitting just 3 points back of the Red Bulls, a win would put them in striking distance of a top-four spot in the East. Dan Shulman,, "Revolution’s keys to victory over the Red Bulls," 16 Aug. 2019 The Giants were in striking distance trailing 3-0 entering the seventh, but Bellinger’s one-out single ignited the Dodgers’ big rally. John Shea,, "Giants not in Dodgers’ league, get slammed 9-0," 18 June 2019 Now the second-youngest team at the tournament — with an average age of 26 — is in striking distance of the final. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "England Takes Another Step Toward Bringing ‘It’ Home," 8 July 2018 Recent polling shows Cox competing for the second spot in the run-up to the June primary, and some polls show Allen in striking distance. Phil Willon,, "California Republicans can't agree on a candidate for governor at state party convention," 7 May 2018 Located in striking distance to parks like Yellowstone, Zion, Glacier or the Great Smokey Mountains, guests stay in upscale tents, some complete with indoor plumbing and wood-burning stoves. Amanda Loudin /, NBC News, "If you want a truly unplugged experience this weekend, these hotels want to help.," 9 Mar. 2018 Lusher was still in striking distance down 14-0 at halftime, but Quinn ripped off a 46-yard touchdown that kept the momentum in McMain's favor for good. Josh Preston,, "McMain 30, Lusher 6: Dentrell Quinn shines in new role as quarterback," 7 Sep. 2017

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1751, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of striking distance

: the distance from which something can be easily reached

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