close to (someone or something)

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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.
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*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.
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*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.
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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.
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close to (or close on)

(of an amount) almost; very nearly.
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close ˈup

in a position very near to something: The picture looks very different when you see it close to.
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References in classic literature ?
Should any unwarrantably pert young Leviathan coming that way, presume to draw confidentially close to one of the ladies, with what prodigious fury the
Such things are sometimes hidden among the sunny fields and behind the blossoming orchards; and the sound of the gurgling brook, if you came close to one spot behind a small bush, would be mingled for your ear with a despairing human sob.
The thin silk of the sleeping-suit tore out: Hans stepped back unconcernedly, to pluck a banana from a bunch hanging close to one of the boats.
He came at last to the pile of blankets spread upon several rugs close to one of the tent walls.
This tribe lived largely upon the smaller animals which they bowled over with their stone hatchets after making a wide circle about their quarry and driving it so that it had to pass close to one of their number.
Of course, it was nothing at all to me; yet, for some unaccountable reason, the sight of the two of them sitting there so close to one another and seeming to be enjoying each other's society to such a degree irritated me tremendously, and put me in such a bad humor that I took no pleasure whatsoever in the last few hours of the crossing.
But Tobin sticks close to one side of him and me at the other.
Well, I had come close to one of these turns, when, feeling forward as usual, my hand slipped upon an edge and found nothing but emptiness beyond it.
Norah and the two children had reached the higher ground, and were close to one of the gates in the iron railing which fenced the Park from the street.
A judicial source confirmed police were holding people close to one of the attackers, seven of whom died in the assault, which has been claimed by Islamic State.
Complaints to FIFA bigwig Sepp Blatter about the ubiquitous plastic horns have fallen on deaf ears, which is Blatter's own fault for sitting so close to one. Then again in South Africa wherever you sit you're close to one.
A WOMAN was cut free from her car after she was involved in a three-car smash close to one of Birmingham's busiest junctions.
Sodbusters plowed up close to one hundred million acres of grassland and a drought followed by winds blew tons of topsoil across the American High Plains and as far east as Washington, DC.
Place one end of a size-32 rubber band on top of the stack, close to one edge, as shown in Figure A (right).