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draw near

1. To get close to someone or something, either literally or figuratively. You need to draw near to your family in this time of tragedy. Come on, draw near to the wall so you can see exactly where to put in the nail.
2. To approach or come closer. This usage is typically used to describe the passage of time. As the time to process into the church drew near, the students quieted down and lined up in alphabetical order.
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draw near

 
1. and draw near (to someone or something ) Lit. to come near to someone or something. Draw near to me, and let me look at you. Draw near to the table and look at this.
2. Fig. [for a particular time] to approach. The time to depart is drawing near. As the time for her speech drew near, Ann became more and more nervous.
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The poor fella must have been sweating as the 90 minutes on the last night's games drew near.
When the award presentation night drew near the groups met for one last time to vote individually for their favourite book on the shortlist.
He grew up playing on the same club team as Agoura's Robert Stock, and Stoffel recently talked to them as this matchup drew near.
As the moment for execution drew near, the spy was brought to the Persian general, who asked the question, "What will it be: the firing squad or the big, black door?
As the US-led invasion on Iraq drew near, the airline operated three flights from Bombay to the Middle East to bring back about 1,000 Indians who wished to leave the country that neighbours Iraq.
Had he known about Great Britain's willingness to negotiate, he might have done so, even as World War II drew near.
As the May 2000 deadline for public comments drew near, the proposal was attacked by another disabled constituency: epileptics.
Heimdall kept the "ringing" horn, Gjallarhorn, which could be heard throughout heaven, earth, and the lower world; it was believed that he would sound the horn to summon the gods when their enemies, the giants, drew near at the Ragnarok, the end of the world of gods and mortals.
Each night she drew near Bandaged feet painted mouth To blow gently on my eyebrows And wake me without frightening me Bittersweet virtue With smooth waist encircle With a magic cord that above all Must not be untied And during the embrace my hands My teeth my sex were dying Of not being able to solve this mystery Nor even realize that there was one She went away before morning Her back lacerated her sides bleeding On quiet steps without smiling And left me with the drops Of an ointment that fell from her cord On the edge of the soiled bed where I could hear The rising sun heavy with questions.
But when the priest drew near the motorcycle, he discovered that the man was dead.
As the original deadline drew near, we experienced a number of requests to extend the entry period and decided to extend the deadline by five days.
Despite the piece's burlesque underpinnings, Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky builds a persuasive portrait of day-to-day life in Germany as the end drew near.
As the start of the 400-meters final drew near, Ryan's thoughts turned to the two different worlds Freeman is constantly having to straddle and the toll it must take on the self-described ``shy little thing'' to satisfy everybody, never mind herself.
Bergen's disciplined, didactic approach counteracted perfectly the driftlessness de Bruijn, a regular on the European swimming scene, had started to feel as the 1996 Olympics drew near.
As his idol drew near, the man lost his balance and toppled to the ground like an acorn.