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    Dear teachers,

    Recently I read the the NYT’s article “Obama Says Nomination ‘Within Reach’” where I noted an interesting for me expression namely “within reach”.

    Would you be kind enough tell me whether the expression in question is common in your area?

    within reach = in reach = attainable = within the bounds of possibility , come-at-able, accessible, get-at-able, approachable.

    Within one's means or powers or understanding. For example, The legatees were extremely greedy, taking whatever of their aunt's came within reach, or Don't price this item too high; it should be in reach of the average customer: This expression dates from the mid-1500s, as do the antonyms out of reach and beyond reach, meaning "unattainable"; for example, This plan is out of reach for most subscribers, or His explanation is beyond my reach.

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    Here in reach is idiomatic, common, and means attainable,
    Ex: Obama Says Nomination 'Within Reach'.
    within reach = in reach = attainable = within the bounds of possibility , come-at-able, accessible, get-at-able, approachable.

    Idiomatic
    1. ... taking whatever of their aunt's came within reach, or what they could get.

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    2. ... it should be in reach of the average customer, or be able to reach with one's hand.

    3. His explanation is beyond my reach; i.e., another way of saying I can't grasp or understand it.


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    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for your prompt reply as well as for your clear and vivid explanation.

    Regards.

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