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 Being within striking distance allowed for the proper scheming in the team’s locker room that helped set the tone for Indiana’s game plan to combat James in the second half – particularly the closing minutes. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "How the Pacers smothered LeBron James in the closing minutes of Tuesday's 105-102 win over Lakers," 18 Dec. 2019 That’s the number of candidates fighting for the top slot in Iowa, according to a new Suffolk University/USA Today poll showing Pete Buttigieg surging to striking distance behind Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. NBC News, "The impeachment fight is forcing the White House into damage-control mode," 21 Oct. 2019 Tiger Woods's one-under 70 in the first round keeps him within striking distance heading into round two. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "How Do They Determine the Cut at the U.S. Open?," 14 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of striking distance

1751, in the meaning defined above

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27 Dec 2019

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“Striking distance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of striking distance

: the distance from which something can be easily reached

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