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close something to someone

to prevent someone or some type of person from participating in or attending something. We closed membership to anyone who signed up late. They had to close the registration to nonresidents.
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*close to someone

friendly or intimate with someone. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) She is very shy and really won't let anyone get close to her. It is difficult to get close to a loner like Wally.
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*close to someone or something

1. near someone or something. (*Typically: get ~; stand ~; sit ~; move ~.) Don't get close to me. I have a cold. If you get close to the fire, you may get burned.
2. approximating someone or something in some quality or measure. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) This brand of frozen fish does not even get close to that brand in flavor and freshness. Tom doesn't even get close to Nancy when it comes to artistic ability.
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In the government arena, Gemplus has supplied close to 200,000 smart cards for closed systems at Fort Knox, Parris Island, the USS Yorktown, Hickam Air Force Base, GSA Headquarters, West Point, the Air Force Academy, and for the MARC (multi-technology automated reader card) program, a personnel prototype system being evaluated by the Department of Defense.