One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a little shop, hard by the St Paul Hotel’
close to, right by, close by, beside, near, near to, nearby, not far from, a short distance from, a step away from, a stone's throw from, on the doorstep of, in the vicinity of, in the neighbourhood of, round the corner from, within easy reach of, adjacent to
informal within spitting distance of, within sniffing distance of, a hop, skip, and a jump away from
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