The close-quarters projectile of to-day is more usually shrapnel with the fuze set at zero.
There was a flurrying exchange of close-quarters blows, Rorke spinning about so that his back was towards the referee.
close-quarters may be on any point, and the seaman rather delights in the bow attack, using the bowsprit as his bridge.
They snapped and barked, but had as yet come to no close-quarters since Tolleys adventure with the pepper-besprinkled Bible.
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."