close to

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.

close (something) to (someone)

To exclude someone from something. This is an advanced class, so it is closed to freshmen. They closed the meeting to non-union members.
See also: close, to

close to (someone or something)

1. Near in physical proximity to someone or something. You're too close to the curb, Jen! You need to pull the car out into the road a little. Please don't get so close to me!
2. Similar to someone or something in characteristics or attributes. The generic brand is actually pretty close to the more expensive stuff in terms of taste, and it's less than half the price! In terms of talent, Darrell doesn't even come close to you!
3. Having an intimate involvement, association, or relationship with someone or something. Patty and I didn't really like each other when we were kids, but I've been getting quite close to her in recent years. I've been very close to this project since its inception, so it has been a little hard for me to relinquish control to others. You don't want to appear too close to the company right now, Senator. The optics would be very bad for your reelection campaign.
See also: close, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*close to someone or something

1. near someone or something. (*Typically: get ~; stand ~; sit ~; move ~.) Don't get close to me. I have a cold. If you get close to the fire, you may get burned.
2. approximating someone or something in some quality or measure. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) This brand of frozen fish does not even get close to that brand in flavor and freshness. Tom doesn't even get close to Nancy when it comes to artistic ability.
See also: close, to

*close to someone

friendly or intimate with someone. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) She is very shy and really won't let anyone get close to her. It is difficult to get close to a loner like Wally.
See also: close, to

close something to someone

to prevent someone or some type of person from participating in or attending something. We closed membership to anyone who signed up late. They had to close the registration to nonresidents.
See also: close, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

close to (or close on)

(of an amount) almost; very nearly.
See also: close, to
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

close ˈto


close ˈup

in a position very near to something: The picture looks very different when you see it close to.
See also: close, to
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
Next, the sleigh will visit Boundary Way, stopping at Mill Close before making its final stop at Campbell Scientific for the residents of Wortley Close to come out and visit Santa.
The following five rules will help to ensure that a deal will close to the benefit of all involved:
"I figure we save close to 75% of the maintenance time we'd have to spend operating with an open-loop system.
It's typical of Close to repeat his images from work to work, becoming entirely familiar with the specific paths that strands of hair, furrowed brows, or parted lips establish.
Thus, when a nursing home closes a small town loses more than the opportunity for families to be close to loved ones who need skilled nursing care, it can also lose a half million dollars from its revenue base.
Down close to the ground, think skins are nonsense.