hailing distance

hail′ing dis`tance


n.
1. the distance within which the human voice can be heard.
2. reach; range: Success is within hailing distance.
References in classic literature ?
We now signaled the flagship of Helium's navy to approach, and when she was within hailing distance I called out that we had the Princess Dejah Thoris on board, and that we wished to transfer her to the flagship that she might be taken immediately to the city.
Trent was within hailing distance before he recognised the European.
Von Horn ran the small boat within hailing distance of the dismasted hulk whose side was now lined with waving, gesticulating natives.
The watch upon the tower was thrown into confusion by the approach of so large a party of armed men, so that, by the time they were in hailing distance, the walls of the great structure were crowded with fighting men.
Within hailing distance they set up such a loud shouting that presently heads appeared above the top of the parapet and soon answering shouts were rising from within Fort Dinosaur.
It's all settled," announced the lady, with great animation, when they came within hailing distance.
The form doesn't put him within hailing distance of Dream Castle or Le Brivido but he must be doing something right at home and is going to outrun his price.
And Jeremy Corbyn was quick to exploit these serious discrepancies, as Labour gradually moved within hailing distance of 10 Downing Street - something no one would have believed possible a month or so ago.
Virtually nothing--her true medical condition (Terri was falsely described as being a "persistent vegetative state" and/or "brain dead"), what she allegedly would have "wanted" (to die this horrible death), her condition after 11 days without any nourishment (described by her estranged husband's attorney as "peaceful," "beautiful," and/or "free of pain")--was within hailing distance of the truth.
The ride is still firm enough to be alert to a possible one tonne-plus payload, but at least within hailing distance of a modern hatchback.
Both of them also looked forward to catching up with friends and talking over the fence to their neighbours: There had been no one within hailing distance in the sprawling houses and grounds when they were abroad .
However, with only one rival rated within hailing distance of her on the figures, she might not need to.