Within Ames Ace Meaning

(obsolete, Britain, idiomatic) Nearly, very near.

Example: 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 17, The Unknown Ajax:
  […] The possibility that he might prefer the excitement of such an adventure to an expedition into Yorkshire did occur to the Major, but he discarded it: Richmond had been within ames-ace of jumping at the chance offered him, […] .

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