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    a reach for somebody

    Hi,

    When someone says "this college is a total reach for me", what does he mean?
    From my dictionary, "reach" means "distance that an arm can extend".
    So does it mean that this college is reachable and easy for me to get in?

    Thank you.

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    Re: a reach for somebody

    'This college is a total reach for me.' doesn't mean anything.
    'This college is completely within your reach.' Means that you are capable of getting in there, in the opinion of the speaker..


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    Re: a reach for somebody

    Thank you for replying.
    I saw this on an American TV show "The Sopranos".
    It's a conversation between a mother and a daughter.

    The mother tells her daughter that she has a lot of collage she can choose from, and Georgetown is one of them.
    The daughter responds, "you know Georgetown is a total reach for me."
    Then the mother says, "They'd be crazy not to want you."
    So with the context, does it mean anything?

    Thank you.

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    Re: a reach for somebody

    It means that it's a higher level than what she can reasonably expect.

    It's similar to "It's a stretch."

    Georgetown is a very prestigious school - you need good grades, good test scores, extracurricular activities, and good recommendations to get in. I don't know the character, but perhaps she is lacking some of these requirements?

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