|a short space or distance|
A very short distance, as in We were in spitting distance of winning the pennant but then we lost three games in a row. Alluding to the relatively short distance over which one's spit will carry, this idiom was first recorded in 1895 as within spitting range.
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|