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close (in) around (someone or something)

To physically surround or encircle someone or something, often very closely and encroachingly. As the opposing troops closed in around us, I knew we would never win the battle. I need to get out of this little cabin—I feel like the walls are closing around me.
See also: around, close
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

close (in) around someone or something

to move to surround someone or something. The police closed in around the thieves. We closed in around the enemy camp.
See also: around, close
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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