"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Within an ace

To describe something as being within an ace of something else is to suggest it is extremely close. The idea comes from playing cards where the ace is one point and to win by an ace is to win by one point, the smallest of margins.

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