close Idioms & Phrases


A closed sea

  • a sea within the jurisdiction of some particular nation, which controls its navigation.
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at close range

  • adverb very close
    at close range.
    • without my reading glasses I can hardly see things close up
    • even firing at close range he missed
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bank closing

  • noun act of closing down a bank because of a fiscal emergency or failure
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Boot closer

  • one who, or that which, sews the uppers of boots.
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breech closer

  • noun a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing
    breechblock.
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bringing close together

  • noun the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue
    approximation.
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close at hand

  • adjective satellite close in space; within reach
    at hand.
    • the town is close at hand
  • adjective satellite close in time; about to occur
    impendent; impending; at hand; imminent.
    • retribution is at hand
    • some people believe the day of judgment is close at hand
    • in imminent danger
    • his impending retirement
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Close borough

  • . See under Borough.
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Close breeding

  • . See under Breeding.
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close call

  • noun something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
    squeak; narrow escape; close call; squeaker.
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Close communion

  • communion in the Lord's supper, restricted to those who have received baptism by immersion.
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Close corporation

  • noun a corporation owned by a few people; shares have no public market
    privately held corporation; private corporation; close corporation.
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  • a body or corporation which fills its own vacancies.
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close down

  • verb cease to operate or cause to cease operating
    shut down; close; close down; fold.
    • The owners decided to move and to close the factory
    • My business closes every night at 8 P.M.
    • close up the shop
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Close fertilization

  • . (Bot.) See Fertilization.
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Close harmony

  • (Mus.), compact harmony, in which the tones composing each chord are not widely distributed over several octaves.
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close in

  • verb advance or converge on
    draw in.
    • The police were closing in on him
  • verb surround completely
    inclose; shut in; enclose.
    • Darkness enclosed him
    • They closed in the porch with a fence
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close off

  • verb stem the flow of
    shut off.
    • shut off the gas when you leave for a vacation
  • verb isolate or separate
    shut off.
    • She was shut off from the friends
  • verb block off the passage through
    block off; shut off.
    • We shut off the valve
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close order

  • noun a military formation for drill or marching
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close out

  • verb make impossible, especially beforehand
    preclude; rule out.
  • verb terminate by selling off or disposing of
    • He closed out his line of sports cars
  • verb terminate
    • We closed out our account
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close quarters

  • noun a situation of being uncomfortably close to someone or something
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close set

  • adjective satellite set close together
    close set.
    • close-set eyes
    • close-set teeth
    • her eyes are close set
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close shave

  • noun something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
    squeak; narrow escape; close call; squeaker.
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close support

  • noun close-in firing by one unit against an enemy engaged by another unit
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close supporting fire

  • noun fire on enemy troops or weapons or positions that are near the supported unit and are the most immediate and serious threat to it
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Close time

  • a fixed period during which killing game or catching certain fish is prohibited by law.
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close to

  • adverb (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
    about; around; some; roughly; approximately; just about; or so; more or less.
    • lasted approximately an hour
    • in just about a minute
    • he's about 30 years old
    • I've had about all I can stand
    • we meet about once a month
    • some forty people came
    • weighs around a hundred pounds
    • roughly $3,000
    • holds 3 gallons, more or less
    • 20 or so people were at the party
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Close to the wind

  • adverb nearly opposite to the direction from which wind is coming
    • sailing close to the wind
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  • (Naut.), directed as nearly to the point from which the wind blows as it is possible to sail; closehauled; said of a vessel.
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close together

  • adjective satellite located close together
    approximate.
    • with heads close together
    • approximate leaves grow together but are not united
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close up

  • verb cease to operate or cause to cease operating
    shut down; close; close down; fold.
    • The owners decided to move and to close the factory
    • My business closes every night at 8 P.M.
    • close up the shop
  • verb block passage through
    obstruct; obturate; jam; impede; occlude; block.
    • obstruct the path
  • verb unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of
    close.
    • close the circuit
    • close a wound
    • close a book
    • close up an umbrella
  • verb refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent
    shut up; belt up; button up; clam up; be quiet; dummy up; keep mum.
    • The children shut up when their father approached
  • adverb very close
    at close range.
    • without my reading glasses I can hardly see things close up
    • even firing at close range he missed
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Close vowel

  • (Pron.), a vowel which is pronounced with a diminished aperture of the lips, or with contraction of the cavity of the mouth.
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close-banded

Close"-band`ed adjective

Definitions
  1. Closely united.
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close-barred

Close"-barred` adjective

Definitions
  1. Firmly barred or closed.
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close-bodied

Close"-bod`ied adjective

Definitions
  1. Fitting the body exactly; setting close, as a garment. Ayliffe.
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close-fights

Close"-fights` noun plural

Definitions
  1. (Naut.) Barriers with loopholes, formerly erected on the deck of a vessel to shelter the men in a close engagement with an enemy's boarders; -- called also close quarters. Obs.
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close-fitting

  • adjective satellite fitting closely but comfortably
    close; snug.
    • a close fit
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close-grained

  • adjective satellite dense or compact in structure or texture, as a wood composed of small-diameter cells
    fine-grained.
    • close-grained birch
    • fine-grained rock
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close-hauled

  • adjective satellite having the sails trimmed for sailing as close to the wind as possible
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close-knit

  • adjective satellite held together as by social or cultural ties
    closely knit.
    • a close-knit family
    • close-knit little villages
    • the group was closely knit
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close-minded

  • adjective satellite not ready to receive to new ideas
    close-minded.
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close-order drill

  • noun (military) military drill of troops in standard marching (shoulder-to-shoulder)
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close-packed

  • adjective satellite packed especially tightly
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close-quarter fighting

  • noun hand-to-hand fighting at close quarters
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close-set

  • adjective satellite set close together
    close set.
    • close-set eyes
    • close-set teeth
    • her eyes are close set
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close-stool

Close"-stool` noun

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  1. A utensil to hold a chamber vessel, for the use of the sick and infirm. It is usually in the form of a box, with a seat and tight cover.
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close-tongued

Close"-tongued` adjective

Definitions
  1. Closemouthed; silent. "Close-tongued treason." Shak.
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closed book

  • noun something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
    mystery; secret; enigma.
    • how it got out is a mystery
    • it remains one of nature's secrets
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closed chain

  • noun (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop
    ring.
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closed circuit

  • noun a complete electrical circuit around which current flows or a signal circulates
    loop.
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closed corporation

  • noun a corporation owned by a few people; shares have no public market
    privately held corporation; private corporation; close corporation.
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closed couplet

  • noun a rhymed couplet that forms a complete syntactic unit
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closed curve

  • noun a curve (such as a circle) having no endpoints
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closed fracture

  • noun an uncomplicated fracture in which the broken bones to not pierce the skin
    simple fracture.
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closed gentian

  • noun similar to Gentiana andrewsii but with larger flowers
    blind gentian; Gentiana clausa.
  • noun gentian of eastern North America having tubular blue or white flowers that open little if at all
    blind gentian; Gentiana andrewsii; bottle gentian.
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closed in

  • adjective satellite blocked against entry
    closed.
    • a closed porch
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closed interval

  • noun an interval that includes its endpoints
    bounded interval.
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closed loop

  • noun a control system with a feedback loop that is active
    closed loop.
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closed primary

  • noun a primary in which only registered members of a particular political party can vote
    • closed primaries strengthen party unity
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closed session

  • noun a session (usually of a legislative body) that is closed to the public
    executive session.
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closed shop

  • noun a company that hires only union members
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closed universe

  • noun (cosmology) a universe that is spatially closed and in which there is sufficient matter to halt the expansion that began with the big bang; the visible matter is only 10 percent of the matter required for closure but there may be large amounts of dark matter
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closed-angle glaucoma

  • noun glaucoma in which the iris blocks the outflow of aqueous humor
    angle-closure glaucoma; acute glaucoma.
    • closed-angle glaucoma can cause a rapid buildup of high intraocular pressure that results in permanent visual damage in a couple of days
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closed-captioned

  • adjective broadcast with captions that are seen only on receivers having special equipment; can be provided for hard-of-hearing viewers
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closed-chain

  • adjective satellite having atoms linked by bonds represented in circular or triangular form
    closed-chain.
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closed-circuit

  • adjective relating to or consisting of a closed circuit
    • closed-circuit television
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closed-circuit television

  • noun a television system that is not used for broadcasting but is connected by cables to designated monitors (as in a factory or theater)
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closed-class word

  • noun a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
    function word.
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closed-door

  • adjective satellite not open to the public
    • a closed-door meeting
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closed-end fund

  • noun a regulated investment company that issues a fixed number of shares which are listed on a stock market
    closed-end fund.
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closed-end investment company

  • noun a regulated investment company that issues a fixed number of shares which are listed on a stock market
    closed-end fund.
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closed-heart surgery

  • noun heart surgery in which a small incision is made (the chest cavity is not opened)
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closed-loop system

  • noun a control system with a feedback loop that is active
    closed loop.
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closed-minded

  • adjective satellite not ready to receive to new ideas
    close-minded.
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closed-ring

  • adjective satellite having atoms linked by bonds represented in circular or triangular form
    closed-chain.
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closing curtain

  • noun the concluding part of any performance
    close; finis; finale.
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closing off

  • noun the act of isolating something; setting something apart from others
    isolation.
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closing price

  • noun (stock market) the price of the last transaction completed during a day's trading session
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closing time

  • noun the regular time of day when an establishment closes to the public
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come close

  • verb nearly do something
    • She came close to quitting her job
  • verb be close or similar
    approximate.
    • Her results approximate my own
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couple-close

Cou"ple-close` noun

Wordforms
plural Couple-closes (-kl"sz)
Definitions
  1. (Her.) A diminutive of the chevron, containing one fourth of its surface. Couple-closes are generally borne one on each side of a chevron, and the blazoning may then be either a chevron between two couple-closes or chevron cottised.
  2. (Arch.) A pair of rafters framed together with a tie fixed at their feet, or with a collar beam. Engl.
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draw close

  • verb move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position
    nuzzle; nest; nestle; cuddle; snuggle.
    • We cuddled against each other to keep warm
    • The children snuggled into their sleeping bags
  • verb move towards
    go up; come near; draw near; near; come on; approach.
    • We were approaching our destination
    • They are drawing near
    • The enemy army came nearer and nearer
  • verb pull towards oneself
    • He drew the crying child close
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hold close

  • verb hold firmly, usually with one's hands
    hold tight; cling to; clutch.
    • She clutched my arm when she got scared
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Letters close ∨ clause

  • (Eng. Law.), letters or writs directed to particular persons for particular purposes, and hence closed or sealed on the outside; distinguished from letters patent. Burrill.
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plant closing

  • noun act of shutting down operation of a plant
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simple closed curve

  • noun a closed curve that does not intersect itself
    Jordan curve.
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still-closing

Still"-clos"ing adjective

Definitions
  1. Ever closing. Obs. "Still-clothing waters." Shak.
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To close on or upon

  • to come to a mutual agreement; to agree on or join in. "Would induce France and Holland to close upon some measures between them to our disadvantage." Sir W. Temple.
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To close with

  • . (a) To accede to; to consent or agree to; as, to close with the terms proposed. (b) To make an agreement with.
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To close with the land

  • (Naut.), to approach the land.
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