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close1 US English

A short distance away or apart in space or time

close2 US English

Move or cause to move so as to cover an opening

close to in close1 US English

Very near to (being or doing something)

Close, Glenn US English

(1947-), US actress. Notable movies: The Big Chill (1983), Fatal Attraction (1987), and Dangerous Liaisons (1988). Her television work includes the lead role in Damages (2007–2012)

near to the mark US English

Almost accurate

close by US English

Very near; nearby

close to US English

(Of an amount) almost; very nearly

close up US English

Very near

close-up US English

A photograph, movie, or video taken at close range and showing the subject on a large scale

close-in US English

Only a short distance away

close-run US English

Won or lost by a very small margin

close-set US English

(Of two or more things) placed or occurring with little space in between

up-close US English

At very close range

close ranks US English

(Of soldiers or police officers) come closer together in a line

come close US English

Almost achieve or do

close with US English

Come near, especially so as to engage with (an enemy force)

close call US English

A narrow escape from danger or disaster

close-down US English

A cessation of work or business, especially on a permanent basis

close-knit US English

(Of a group of people) united or bound together by strong relationships and common interests

close range US English

A short distance between someone or something and a target

close-ratio US English

(Of a vehicle’s gearbox) having gear ratios that are set at values not very different from each other

close reach US English

A point of sailing in which the wind blows from slightly in front of the beam

close shave US English

A shave in which the hair is cut very short

close-stool US English

A covered chamber pot enclosed in a wooden stool

close-coupled US English

(Of two parts of a structure) attached or fixed close together

close-cropped US English

(Typically of hair or grass) cut very short

close-fisted US English

Unwilling to spend money; stingy

close-fitting US English

(Of a garment) fitting tightly and showing the contours of the body

close-fought US English

Denoting or relating to a contest between evenly matched opponents that is won by only a small margin

close-grained US English

(Of wood, stone, or other material) having tightly packed fibers, crystals, or other structural elements

close harmony US English

Harmony in which the notes of the chord are close together, typically in vocal music

close-hauled US English

(Of a ship) close to the wind

close-minded US English

Having or showing rigid opinions or a narrow outlook

close-mouthed US English

Reticent; discreet

close-packed US English

Arranged or situated very close together

close season US English

British term for closed season.

close encounter US English

A supposed encounter with a UFO or with aliens

close quarters US English

A situation of being very or uncomfortably close to someone or something

close up shop US English

Cease business or operation, either temporarily or permanently

close in (on) US English

Come nearer to someone being pursued

close, but no cigar US English

(Of an attempt) almost, but not quite successful

a close thing US English

A narrow avoidance of something unpleasant

close by in close1 US English

Very near; nearby

close to in close1 US English

(Of an amount) almost; very nearly

close in (on) in close2 US English

Come nearer to someone being pursued

close up in close2 US English

(Of a person’s face) become blank and emotionless or hostile

close something up in close2 US English

Cause to cease or cease operation or being used

close to home US English

(Of a remark or topic of discussion) relevant or accurate to the point that one feels uncomfortable or embarrassed

complimentary close US English

The part of a letter that immediately precedes the writer’s signature, consisting of words such as Sincerely, Cordially, Very truly yours, etc.

close something up US English

Cause to cease or cease operation or being used


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