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(it's) nothing personal

(This is) not based on emotions, subjective motivations, or personal biases; (this is) not meant to offend you; (this is) not a personal slight against you. Though it can be truthful, this phrase often tends to be sarcastic, insincere, or unconvincing in usage or reception. Larry: "But how can you fire me after 20 years' service, just like that?" Matt: "Nothing personal, Larry, it's just the way the business is moving right now." It's nothing personal, Dad. I just think it would be easier for all of us if you weren't at the wedding. Nothing personal, but your voice is really getting on my nerves.
See also: nothing, personal

up close and personal

phr. intimately; more intimately than one might have wished for. (Colloq. The phrase has been the title of a movie and the name of a television show.) When my trunks slipped down, she got to know me a little more up close and personal that we were ready for at that moment.
See also: and, close, personal, up
References in classic literature ?
There shall be no money motive," I said, "no idea of personal advantage in the service I mean to render to Lady Glyde.
He was a stranger to me, and I was glad to make sure of his personal appearance in case of future annoyance.
No base speculation on the future relations of Laura and myself, and on the private and personal concessions which I might force from Sir Percival if I once had him at my mercy, ever entered my mind.
They lived part of the time in France and part in Germany--always keeping themselves in the strict retirement which the morbid sense of his own personal deformity had made a necessity to Sir Felix.