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come within an ace

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come within an ace

verb phrase

To come very near to doing something, winning something, etc: She came within an ace of getting the world title

[1704+; probably a version of the 13th-century term within ambs ace, ''very close to,'' ambs ace being the lowest point in dice, two ones or snake-eyes, fr Old French fr Latin ambas as, ''both ace'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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