Tantalizingly: Teasing; tempting, but beyond reach. CED: in such a way as to be tease or be frustratingly tempting, as by being inaccessible, out of reach
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Negro with a Hat : The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey By Colin Grant
To see grandeur they would have to close their eyes and imagine
themselves transported to the tantalisingly close but unobtainable
lavish homes of the ebony aristocrats up in Harlem's exclusive
enclaves, Sugar Hill and Strivers Row.
Necessary Lies By Eva Stachniak
Nowhere else was the West so close, so tantalisingly close, so very
much within reach, but the Wall, crowned with coils of barbed wire,
with pieces of broken glass lining its concrete edge, looked
Star Texts: Image and Performance in Film and Television
The star is tantalisingly close and similar, yet at the same time
remote and dissimilar. Further, the star is a legitimate object for
the desire of the viewer in so far as the star is like the viewer, and
an impossible object for the desire of the viewer in ...
Hired: For the Boss's Pleasure Bundle
Staying in Paris with Luca would be part dream, part nightmare. He
was tantalisingly close, but every time she tried to make a move he
shut her out.
Out of reach: Fig. unattainable.
I wanted to be president, but I'm afraid that such a goal is out of
I shall choose a goal that is not out of reach.
- She's tantalizingly close.
- She's out of my reach.