From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishclose up phrasal verb1close something ↔ upSHUT/CLOSE if a shop or building closes up or is closed up, it stops being open to the public for a period of time 🔊 The resorts are all closed up for the season.2close up shop to stop doing something for a period of time or permanently 🔊 When it rains, there is no alternative but to close up shop.3NEARif a group of people close up, they move closer together4CURE close something ↔ upHEALTHY if a wound closes up or if someone closes it up, the edgesgrow together again or are sewn together 🔊 The scar is closing up nicely – it’ll soon be time to take the stitches out.5to become narrower or to shut 🔊 The flowers close up at night. 🔊 Occasionally the channel widened then closed up tight again.6EMOTIONALto refuse to talk to someone about something 🔊 The moment I said I was a police officer, everyone would close up like a clam. →close→ See Verb table
close-upclose-up /ˈkləʊs ʌp $ ˈkloʊs-/ noun [countable, uncountable] 🔊 🔊 TCPNEARa photograph or part of a film in which the camera seems to have been very close to the picture it tookclose-up of 🔊 a close-up of her facein close-up 🔊 Much of the movie is shot in close-up.
Examples from the Corpus
close-up• She brought the camera forward to get a close-up of the actor's face.• I want to get a close-up of the children's faces.• The placing of the head in a close-up is important.• Another is a close-up of a mud-encrusted hand reaching back toward a worker at the top of a precarioustwigladder.• I mean, I don't like seeing myself on camera in close-up, but then I never did.• The camera pans over the players as they write, showing each one in close-up.• Each butterfly had been photographed in close-up so that you could see every detail.• I decided not to tell him about my close-up 0f his unguarded sleeping face.• Long and mediumshots, rather than close-ups, can hidebags under the eyes.• I rediscovered them on the screen in the close-ups of objects which impressed and influenced me.• It doesn't stepoutside time, but accentuates its effects and brings them into unbearableclose-up.in close-up• Much of the movie is shotin close-up.