up close and personal

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up close and personal

1. adjective Very physically close to someone or something. Hyphenated if used before a noun. You'll have to get up close and personal to see all of the tiny details in the painting.
2. adjective Very intimate and personal, especially to an uncomfortable or unwanted degree. Hyphenated if used before a noun. I don't like it when guys try to get too up close and personal in our first couple of dates. I'd rather share my more intimate side with someone after we've been together for a little while. It will require an up-close-and-personal doctor's examination to be sure there aren't any signs of infection.
3. adverb In a very close and intimate manner or to such a degree. The auditors got to know our financial habits very up close and personal. The biologist has been investigating the dietary habits of the local bear population up close and personal, observing their movements and examining samples of their fecal matter.
See also: and, close, personal, up

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