Spitting distance

a short space or distance
spitting distance
A very short distance, as in We were in spitting distance of winning the pennant but then we lost three games in a row. Alluding to the relatively short distance over which one’s spit will carry, this idiom was first recorded in 1895 as within spitting range.


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