within spitting distance

within spitting distance

within a very short distance

1991 - Time - His reputation as a hard-boiled novelist is within spitting distance of Hammett's and Chandler's.


go the distance

complete a difficult task or endure an ordeal

Go the distance is a metaphor from boxing that means, when used of a boxer, complete a fight without being knocked out or, when used of a boxing match, last the scheduled length. In the USA there is an additional baseball-related sense : pitch for the entire length of an inning.

1998 - Times - Everyone wants to see an amateur who can go the distance,' another spectator said. Kuchar has certainly gone the distance.

within striking distance

near enough to hit or achieve

within spitting distance :

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