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hailing distance

the distance within which the human voice can be heard:
They sailed within hailing distance of the island.
a close distance; the reach of something or someone (usually preceded by within):
Success is within hailing distance.
Origin of hailing distance
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I was out of hailing distance of the unhappy skipper when he reached the point, though I could still see his violent gestures.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • Leaping to my saddle, I galloped across the spongy marsh to hailing distance.

  • Meanwhile the brig, being buoyant, was settling rapidly to leeward, and soon drifted out of hailing distance.

    Dick Leslie's Luck Harry Collingwood
  • When I signed the party to hold off at hailing distance, the foremost warrior signed back that they were friends.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
  • If they are afraid to let the boys come nearer than hailing distance, what'll be done when the mob get here?

    Down the Slope James Otis
  • When they were still too far for hailing distance George raised his hat and waved it.

  • She recognized them before they were in hailing distance and waved her hand and hurried toward them with a happy face.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
  • The sails of the Caroline filled at the first puff of wind, and she kept at hailing distance with the Lively Bee.

  • We were running before the wind, within rather less than hailing distance of the Frenchman, who was on our larboard beam.

  • He could see the yellow lumber long enough before the "Gull" was in hailing distance, and knew that Ben had been successful.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord

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