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in range

nautical Positioned one behind the other. The ships are in range now, Captain. How shall we proceed?
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at close range

very near; in close proximity. (Usually used in regard to shooting.) The hunter fired at the deer at close range. The powder burns tell us that the gun was fired at close range.
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bring someone or something within range (of someone or something)

to cause someone or something to be in someone's or something's [gun] sights. Don't bring the hunters within range of the farmer's gun sights. The bait brought the geese within range of Jeff and his friends.
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bring something within a range

to adjust something into a particular range; to adjust a parameter. Let's try to bring your cholesterol within the normal range with diet. It was brought within the normal range by an expensive drug.
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come within range

(of something) Go to within range (of something).
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move within range

(of something) Go to within range (of something).
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range (from something to something)

to vary from one thing to another. The winter weather ranges from bad to terrible in this part of the north. The appraisals of the property ranged from high to low.

range over something

to cover an area; to travel about in one area. The buffalo ranged over vast areas of prairie, grazing and breeding. These animals range over a very large territory.
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*within range (of something)

inside an area that can be covered by something, such as a gun, camera lens, measuring device, etc. (*Typically: be ~; come ~; get ~; move ~.) The sick elephant was within range, so we shot it with tranquilizer darts so we could treat it. When the ducks were within range of my gun, I sneezed and frightened them away. You won't be able to hear what they are saying until you get within range of the P.A. system.
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at point-blank range

if someone is shot at point-blank range, they are shot from a very short distance away The killers walked into the bar and shot him at point-blank range.
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at close range

Very nearby, as in At close range, the rock band was unbearably loud. Derived from shooting- range denotes the distance that missile or projectile can be made to travel-this expression soon came to mean anything in close proximity.
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References in classic literature ?
They ceased, and ranged themselves in a body behind us.
Thence more at ease thir minds and somwhat rais'd By false presumptuous hope, the ranged powers Disband, and wandring, each his several way Pursues, as inclination or sad choice Leads him perplext, where he may likeliest find Truce to his restless thoughts, and entertain The irksome hours, till his great Chief return.
Of twenty-four arrows, shot in succession, ten were fixed in the target, and the others ranged so near it, that, considering the distance of the mark, it was accounted good archery.
Some large blue china jars and parrot-tulips were ranged on the mantelshelf, and through the small leaded panes of the window streamed the apricot-coloured light of a summer day in London.
It was near Rann's bedtime, but he had ranged all over the jungle looking for the Bear and had missed him in the thick foliage.
Here came the suitors numbered according to their arrival, and they were ranged in rows, six in each row, and they were so tightly packed that they could not move their arms.