within ames ace

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within ames ace

  1. (obsolete, Britain, idiomatic) Nearly, very near.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 17, in The Unknown Ajax:
      [] The possibility that he might prefer the excitement of such an adventure to an expedition into Yorkshire did occur to the Major, but he discarded it: Richmond had been within ames-ace of jumping at the chance offered him, [] .