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close quarters

[klohs] /kloʊs/
noun
1.
a small, cramped place or position.
2.
direct and close contact in a fight:
They met at close quarters, exchanging many quick jabs.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55
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British Dictionary definitions for close-quarters

close quarters

/kləʊs/
plural noun
1.
a narrow cramped space or position
2.
at close quarters
  1. engaged in hand-to-hand combat
  2. in close proximity; very near together
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