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close up

1. verb Literally, to shut something that is open. Be sure to close up the oven after you take out the cookies.
2. verb To sew an opening shut at the end of a surgical procedure. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "close" and "up." The procedure is finished. Now we need to close him up.
3. verb To heal, as of a cut or wound. The cut isn't too deep, so it should close up on its own, no stitches needed.
4. verb To become completely closed or sealed shut. After I got hit in the face with a baseball, my eye swelled so much that it actually closed up.
5. verb To cease business operations for any length of time (often permanently). I loved that restaurant, so I'm very disappointed that it closed up permanently. That shop always closes up for two weeks in the summer to accommodate the owner's vacation.
6. verb To close something, typically a place, securely. I hope you closed up the store before you left for the night.
7. noun A shot in which the camera is positioned very close to the subject. In this usage, the phrase is typically hyphenated. I want the next scene to start with a close-up of Caroline standing in the doorway. Her close-ups of flowers are just gorgeous—she's a very underrated photographer.
8. noun A detailed or intimate portrayal or exploration of something. In this usage, the phrase is typically hyphenated. This novel is a close-up of Depression-era America.
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close someone up

to close a surgical wound at the end of a surgical procedure. Fred, would you close her up for me? Fred closed up the patient.
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close something up

 
1. to close someone's business, office, shop, etc., temporarily or permanently. Tom's restaurant nearly went out of business when the health department closed him up. The health department closed up the restaurant.
2. to close something that is open, such as a door or a box. Please close the door when you leave.
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close up

 
1. Lit. [for an opening] to close completely. The door closed up and would not open again. The wound will close up completely in a day or so.
2. Fig. [for a place of business] to close for business. The store closed up and did not open until the next day.
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close up

Also, close up shop. Stop doing business, temporarily or permanently; also, stop working. For example, The bank is closing up all its overseas branches, or That's enough work for one day-I'm closing up shop and going home. [Late 1500s]
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close up

v.
1. To shut something completely: The doctor closed up the cut with stitches. I closed the box up with wire and tape.
2. To become shut completely: My eye closed up because of the infection.
3. To shut and lock a building for a period of time: It's my job to close up the store for the night because I'm always the last one to leave. At the end of August, we'll close the cottage up for the winter.
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It became clear to writers, producers, and technicians that the close-up was very effective for the small screen, so close-ups and extreme close-ups became commonplace.
The close-up images show a transition between a region with a small number of angular boulders and one with a larger population, more rounded in appearance, he notes.
Intrigued by the findings, scientists selected Pillan for one of the close-up studies the craft is now conducting.
Bin the close-ups I hope the King George is not going to be ruined by ridiculous close-ups.
We do use Daniel for all the close-ups because all he has to do is sit on the bike whilst it's not moving.
The close-ups of trimming the foot are especially helpful.
95) presents a wide range of poncho styles for knitters, displaying both finished products on models and the close-ups of pattern charts which lend to their creation.
The Close-Ups were launched by Eaglescliffe musician Carl Green 18 months ago and six months ago released their first single, I'm On My Way.
George's photo is among the most revealing of the close-ups of the Panthers and their supporters during that momentous year.
Hanks, who was Oscar-nominated for best actor for his role as Jim Lovell in the film, was also impressed with the format but jokingly commented that while the film's action scenes play well on the bigger screen, his concern was the close-ups where ``a pimple could be the size of a Volkswagen'' or an errant strand of co-star Bill Paxton's hair ``could look like a Lincoln Log.
In saturated teals, grays, ochers, and cobalts, the close-ups of agitated river surface--which, of course, are frozen in photo-eternity--inscribe a horizon line around the room.
Bookbinder admitted the close-ups of children's private parts could be a turn-on for perverts.
First there were The Archies in 1969, then the Gorillaz in 2001 and now, in 2003, meet the Close-Ups.
The close-ups also show that material presumably excavated by impacts have the same color as original surface material.
Recall the robbery sequences that open and close Pickpocket: No human arm could execute Michel's sidelong dip into the woman's purse, let alone his virtuosic behind-the-back wallet lift, because his position changes flagrantly between the two-shots and the close-ups.