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not far away
Come a little closer, so you can see better.
Her father lives quite
They were sitting
on the couch.
A variety of good restaurants are
close at hand
James heard footsteps
Ronnie sped off, with his brother's car following
We must all stay close.
hold/draw somebody close
hold someone against your body
He drew her close to him.
close up/up close/close to
from only a short distance away
Now that I could see him close up, I saw that he was very attractive.
close on something/close to something
used to talk about a number, amount etc that is almost exact, but not completely
a voyage of close on 2000 miles
come close (to doing something)
to almost do something
I tell you, I was so mad I came close to hitting her.
She came so close to the finals she must have been bitterly disappointed to go out now.
to be almost as good as someone or something else
It's not as good as his last movie, but it comes pretty close.
a close run thing
a situation in which the people competing with each other are almost equal, so neither of them is more likely to win than the other
The upcoming election looks likely to be a close run thing.
close on the heels of something
very soon after something else
come/follow close on the heels of something
Yet another scandal followed close on the heels of the senator's resignation.
near to the surface of something
An electric razor doesn't really shave as close as a blade.
run somebody close
to be almost as successful, skilful etc as someone else
Last season United ran them close both at home and away.
➔ sail close to the wind
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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