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close encounter of the first (or second etc.) kind

Definition of close encounter of the first or second etc. kind in English:

Used to describe encounters involving increasing degrees of complexity and apparent exposure of the witness to aliens.
Example sentences
  • I'm trying my best to keep a serious face while John goes on about his close encounters of the third kind.
  • A year later, after spending countless hours trying to bond with his father, he has a close encounter of the third kind.
  • Many people think that this equation actually proves the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence and some even believe that a close encounter of the third kind could be just around the corner.
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