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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

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
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Here in the New York metropolitan area, the families of the 9/11 victims are close around us: A house for sale in the neighborhood, many babies born to lost fathers and some moms that have been unable to cope, given the magnitude of their loss.
Of the more than 138,000 pay phones in Britain, BT is monitoring 30,000 which it has said are unprofitable and will close around 12,000 this year.
Positioning movements include yawl (left and right rotation of the working arm), pitch (tilts gripper fingers up and down), roll (continuous rotation of the gripper fingers) and the gripper fingers themselves, which open and close around castings.
GSE will pay cash for the business and expects to close around August.
The fingers close around the active site of the enzyme, and that allows important residues to catalyze the incorporation of a nucleotide.
The trees stood close around us, for in those days suburbia had not vanquished nature with concrete acres, housing sprawl, shopping malls, parking lots.
Global Banking News-April 21, 2014--European banks close around 5,300 branches last year
Officers say they would like to speak to anyone who was in Burnaby Close around that time or saw anything suspicious near to the Royal Oak pub shortly before midnight.
Which disability rights charity is being forced to close around 50 of its shops?
The shop off Stamfordham Road, Newcastle, is one of 22 B&Q stores to close around the country in a shake-up announced last week by parent company Kingfisher.
About a report that the Hiroshima Stock Exchange will close around next spring due to a steep contraction in trading volume, Miyazawa said no final decision had been made.
Although each senator had been allotted a maximum of 15 minutes to speak, some of the estimated 18 senators who had delivered their remarks by the time Tuesday's session drew to a close around 6:30 p.
When the mold-table halves close around the sides of the parison, they support it momentarily while the belt conveyor retracts to a stand-by position.