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A heartbeat (away) from very close to, on the verge of.

In the US, just a heartbeat away from the Presidency describes the vice-president's position; from a reference by Adlai Stevenson (1900–65) to the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Richard Nixon, in a speech at Cleveland, Ohio, 23 October 1952, in which he referred to ‘The young man who asks you to set him one heart-beat from the Presidency of the United States.’

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