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    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Yet a man it was, I could no longer be in doubt about that. I began to recall that I had heard of cannibals. I was within an ace of calling for help. (R. I. Stevenson, “The Treasure Island”)

    within an ace = almost, close to, by a hair’s breadth; on the verge , on the brink

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    You are correct.

    You certainly read a wide range of literature, Vil.

    I'm surprised you have the time.

    Rover

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