within an ace of
phrasal on the point of ; very near to <
came within an ace of winning
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  • Within an ace of — Ace Ace ([=a]s), n.; pl. {Aces} ([=a] s[e^]z). [OE. as, F. as, fr. L. as, assis, unity, copper coin, the unit of coinage. Cf. {As}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A unit; a single point or spot on a card or die; the card or die so marked; as, the ace of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • within\ an\ ace\ of — • within an inch of informal • within an inch of adv. phr. Almost but not quite; very close to; nearly. Tim came within an ace of losing the election. John was within an inch of drowning before he was pulled out of the water. Compare: by the skin …   Словарь американских идиом

  • within an ace of — ► within an ace of very close to. Main Entry: ↑ace …   English terms dictionary

  • within an ace of — phrasal : on the point of : very near to within an ace of hitting a telephone pole * * * within an ace of Within a hair s breadth of • • • Main Entry: ↑ace * * * very close to they came within an ace of death * * * within an a …   Useful english dictionary

  • within an ace of — {informal} or[within an inch of] {adv. phr.} Almost but not quite; very close to; nearly. * /Tim came within an ace of losing the election./ * /John was within an inch of drowning before he was pulled out of the water./ Compare: BY THE SKIN OF… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • within an ace of — {informal} or[within an inch of] {adv. phr.} Almost but not quite; very close to; nearly. * /Tim came within an ace of losing the election./ * /John was within an inch of drowning before he was pulled out of the water./ Compare: BY THE SKIN OF… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • within an ace of — idi very close to: within an ace of winning[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • within an ace of — very close to. → ace …   English new terms dictionary

  • within an ace of — adverb very near; on the point of …   Wiktionary

  • within an ace of — on the verge of; very near to …   English contemporary dictionary

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