at close range

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at close range

Very nearby, as in At close range, the rock band was unbearably loud. Derived from shootingrange denotes the distance that missile or projectile can be made to travelthis expression soon came to mean anything in close proximity.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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