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close encounter

noun

a purported observation of an unidentified flying object or extraterrestrial being(s)

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  • He had been shot through the temple in some close encounter.

    Old Kensington Miss Thackeray
  • A: A paw is a weapon with iron prongs, four inches long, to be grasped with the hand and used in close encounter.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • His ship could not be brought to a close encounter, and he had no boats, yet he was bent upon capturing that galleon.

    The Golden Galleon Robert Leighton
  • In that close encounter, fury against fury, force against force fairly pitted, his speed and his agility counted for nothing.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The warrior carried also other weapons for close encounter, when he should descend from his chariot to fight on foot.

  • But it had been a close encounter in its way, and Lucilla was rather glad to get off without any further damage.

    Miss Marjoribanks Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant

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