close quarters

a small, cramped place or position.
direct and close contact in a fight: They met at close quarters, exchanging many quick jabs.

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close quarters (kləʊs)
pl n
1.  a narrow cramped space or position
2.  at close quarters
 a.  engaged in hand-to-hand combat
 b.  in close proximity; very near together

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