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ringside seat

A place providing a close view of something, as in We lived right next door, so we had ringside seats for their quarrels. This term presumably came from boxing, where it denotes the seats just outside the boxing ring. [ c. 1860 ]
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  • There was a great deal of wisecracking about Al Devis buying himself a ringside seat for the fire he'd started.

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  • As nearly as he could tell from the firing, it was two against one and he voted himself a ringside seat.

  • His account of a major boxing contest is the next best thing to having a ringside seat.

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