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hailing distance

noun
1.
the distance within which the human voice can be heard:
They sailed within hailing distance of the island.
2.
a close distance; the reach of something or someone (usually preceded by within):
Success is within hailing distance.
Origin of hailing distance
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40
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  • Leaping to my saddle, I galloped across the spongy marsh to hailing distance.

  • They passed to leeward of us, and out of hailing distance; but the captain could read the names on their sterns with the glass.

    Sea Stories Various
  • 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
  • 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
  • Phil in gloves was a different Phil, a remote being quite out of hailing distance.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • The days pass, and the world, which seemed in hailing distance to you at first, has receded to dim remoteness.

  • When they were still too far for hailing distance George raised his hat and waved it.

  • The sails of the Caroline filled at the first puff of wind, and she kept at hailing distance with the Lively Bee.

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

    Dick Leslie's Luck Harry Collingwood
  • 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

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