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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]

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