verb (used with object), dis·tanced, dis·tanc·ing.
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Idioms for distance
- (in horse racing) to be able to run well in a long race.
- Informal. to finish or complete something, especially something difficult, challenging, or requiring sustained effort.
Origin of distance
OTHER WORDS FROM distancedis·tance·less, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for distance
“You can borrow that stuff if you want to,” McKenna says, putting a heavy, distancing accent on the word stuff.
Now, Dickie says, the church is distancing itself from the perceived alliance.Pope Francis May Be Risking His Life by Taking on the Mafia|Barbie Latza Nadeau|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During that time, his success mounted but he seemed to be distancing himself from cultural relevance.
I think a psychological distancing from England has played a role, too.
But, astonishingly, rather than distancing themselves from the crisis, Hamas leaders have intensified their engagement in it.
Aware that the Sioux were distancing them, the Pawnee hunters were shouting encouragement to their tribesmen.Three Sioux Scouts|Elmer Russell Gregor
It sank in Rhoda like the preaching of an end that was promise of a beginning, and girdled a distancing land of trouble.Rhoda Fleming, Complete|George Meredith
This very rarely happens, as he is a crack shot, easily distancing the other competitors.A Day with Lord Byron|May Clarissa Gillington
The heartless master plunged the spurs into his horse's sides, for the dogs were out-distancing him.The Cave by the Beech Fork|Henry S. Spalding
The moon has far more majesty when but distancing the tree-tops than when rolling apparently at random through an empty sky.The Garden, You, and I|Mabel Osgood Wright
British Dictionary definitions for distance
- the length of the shortest line segment joining two points
- the length along a straight line or curve
- British a point on a racecourse 240 yards from the winning post
- British any interval of more than 20 lengths between any two finishers in a race
- US the part of a racecourse that a horse must reach in any heat before the winner passes the finishing line in order to qualify for later heats
- boxing to complete a bout without being knocked out
- to be able to complete an assigned task or responsibility
- (in a picture) halfway between the foreground and the horizon
- (in a natural situation) halfway between the observer and the horizon
Medical definitions for distance
Idioms and Phrases with distance
see go the distance; keep one's distance; spitting distance.