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be close to home

To affect one deeply and emotionally because one can strongly relate to it. My patient's lung cancer diagnosis is close to home for me because my uncle recently died of the same thing. Because I was bullied as a kid, I teared up when my son told me that he gets teased at school—it's just so close to home.
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be close to home

if a subject is close to home, it affects you in a personal way, and it can upset you if someone says something unpleasant about it His comments about working mothers were a bit close to home for me.
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