For those who have watched Murdoch at close quarters, his belligerent attitude came as no surprise.
Clearly, the close quarters necessitate interesting adjustments.
I of course have never held the job, but it can't be so different from covering campaigns at close quarters, which I have done.
A handgun, a shotgun, and a rifle are all pretty deadly at close quarters, and Lanza went to the school with all three.
On little islands, at close quarters, being outspoken draws attention.
Then they take advantage of the panic which ensues and attack at close quarters.
Before there was time for another shot they were at close quarters.
This ordeal did not damp their courage; soon came to close quarters with foe.
At last he was going to see Caleb Barter again at close quarters.
It was an excellent weapon, better at close quarters than my claymore.
1753, originally nautical, also close-fights, "bulkheads fore and aft for men to stand behind in close engagements to fire on the enemy," it reflects the confusion of close (v.) and close (adj.); "now understood of proximity, but orig. 'closed' space on ship-board where last stand could be made against boarders" [Weekley]. Cf. also closed-minded, a variant of close-minded attested from 1880s, with a sense of "shut" rather than "tight."