close in (up)on (someone or something)(redirected from close in on them)
close in (up)on (someone or something)
1. To physically surround, encircle, or approach someone or something. As the opposing troops closed in upon us, I knew we would never win the battle. When I'm in a small space for too long, I start to feel as though the walls are closing in on me.
2. To overwhelm or engulf someone, as of emotions. For a long time, I couldn't drive because feelings of fear closed in on me every time I got behind the wheel.
3. To approach very quickly or become imminent, as of a deadline or other requirement. I procrastinated, and now the deadline for my paper is really closing in on me! The threat of war seems to be closing in upon the turbulent region.
See also: close
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