seem an ace away?

afrasiab

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Arabic
what is the meaning of the following phrase
"must have seemed but an ace away" in the following context:
"To have penetrated this inner highway of the Near East and to have connected with the Christian fleets in the eastern Mediterranean (such as those of the Kingdom of Cyprus and the Knights of St John of the Hospital in Rhodes) must have seemed but an ace away."

(The last Crusaders-Bernaby rogerson)

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  • rsweet

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    English, North America
    This seems a bit odd in this context, but this looks like a poker or cards metaphor; an ace is the card with the highest value. It's usually used with this construction "an ace away from ____." "He was just an ace away from having it all."
     

    afrasiab

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    Arabic
    This seems a bit odd in this context, but this looks like a poker or cards metaphor; an ace is the card with the highest value. It's usually used with this construction "an ace away from ____." "He was just an ace away from having it all."
    Thank you very much!
     
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