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1. Nearby; physically within one's reach. Your mother will need you close at hand to help as she makes Thanksgiving dinner. I always keep a glass of water at hand when I sleep, because I hate waking up thirsty.
2. Currently in need of addressing. I know you all want to chat, but we need to focus on the matter at hand—planning next week's assembly. Stop dabbling in other projects and focus on the task at hand.
3. Impending or imminent. After months of planning, I'm thrilled that the event is finally at hand!
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close

/shut the door on
To refuse to allow for the possibility of: The secretary of state closed the door on future negotiations.
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One lucky Red Sox fan and his or her three closest friends can bid on lunching with Larry Lucchino (Red Sox President and CEO, plus Dana-Farber Trustee) at the EMC Club in Fenway Park.
As Bucks such as Dan Langhi and Joel Przybilla logged minutes, the closest Milwaukee came in the final minute was nine points.
The QB does not fake to the fullback, who immediately attacks the backside LB or the closest defender.
The current pricing is approximately 31% lower than the next closest competitor for 1 year of services and roughly fifty percent lower than the next closest competitor in terms of product price comparisons.
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