Close in


near, as to a common center; adjacent, especially to a city: The city is enveloping its close-in suburbs.
occurring or provided at close quarters: Fighter planes provided daring close-in air support. Unabridged
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close in (kləʊz)
vb (foll by on or upon)
1.  (of days) to become shorter with the approach of winter
2.  to advance (on) so as to encircle or surround

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Idioms & Phrases

close in

  1. Surround, enclose, envelop, as in The fog closed in and we couldn't see two yards in front of us, or She felt the room was closing in. [c. 1400]

  2. Also, close in on or upon. Draw in, approach, as in The police closed in on the suspect. [Early 1800s]

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