Definition of within an ace of in English:

within an ace of

phrase

British
  • Very close to.

    ‘they came within an ace of death’
    • ‘Last week, we were within an ace of the success we have all been working for. We are still within an ace of success.’
    • ‘After taking Fiji to within an ace of beating France in the World Cup, his new charges accounted for Scotland at the Stadio Flaminio last week.’
    • ‘Do you feel - as several of your teammates have expressed - a sense of regret that the team was within an ace of getting to the semifinals?’
    • ‘Even though Guthrie admits that Britain came within an ace of calling up its reservists, which would have seen 14,000 part-time soldiers of the Territorial Army in the colours, it was a move too far for Britain's European partners.’
    • ‘Trapped against the British minefields, his Afrika Korps came within an ace of running out of ammunition and fuel, but his legendary luck held.’
    • ‘Draughts u - 10 boys also had the satisfaction of winning silver in their county decider coming within an ace of defeating Castledermot.’
    • ‘TWO goals on either side of the interval - the second an own goal - brought a battling Johnstown team within an ace of creating the first shock of the SFC at Newbridge on Saturday.’
    • ‘And they went within an ace of creating the season's biggest upset by putting an end Shelbourne's unbeaten record.’
    • ‘Tony Robinson traces the course of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, one of the most significant moments in British history, showing how newly empowered peasants came within an ace of toppling the monarchy.’
    • ‘You know, Mara came within an ace of staying behind to oversee us?’
    • ‘In the summer of 1873 France came within an ace of restoration.’
    • ‘In 1945 France was a great power that had come within an ace of extinction.’
    • ‘The knock-on effect meant it was a depleted Queensbury second string that took on Division Two pacesetters Newsome Panthers at Hill Top and they came within an ace of pulling off the shock of the day.’
    • ‘Kildare went within an ace of pulling off an unlikely win in Crossmaglen on Sunday.’
    • ‘The player took the prize last season when he led the club to their third Association title while this year the side came within an ace of becoming the first to claim four successive titles, only to be pipped at the post by Spring View.’
    • ‘In 1999, he came within an ace of causing a major upset in the Ballinrobe Electoral Area.’
    • ‘Scottish amateur bosses and senior Sports Scotland executives came within an ace of appointing Scotland's first ever female amateur boxing supremo.’
    • ‘And never forget we came within an ace of doing the same in Birmingham Hodge Hill as well.’
    • ‘For example, my publisher at Wesleyan got so exasperated in the attempt to locate my whereabouts that they came within an ace of hiring a private investigator to find me and make me sit still long enough for them to send me a royalty check.’
    • ‘In the blue-ribbon Sydney seat of Willoughby, an independent came within an ace of defeating the Liberal candidate.’
    going to, ready to, all set to, preparing to, intending to, soon to
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