close in


close in

verb \ˈklōz-\

Definition of CLOSE IN

transitive verb
:  to encircle closely and isolate
:  to enshroud to such an extent as to preclude entrance or exit <the airport was closed in by the storm>
intransitive verb
:  to gather in close all around with an oppressing or isolating effect <despair closed in on her>
:  to approach to close quarters especially for an attack, raid, or arrest <the police closed in>
:  to grow dark <the short November day was already closing in — Ellen Glasgow>

Examples of CLOSE IN

  1. <the eagle closed in on its prey>
  2. <with evening closing in we knew we had to find shelter fairly soon>

First Known Use of CLOSE IN

14th century

Rhymes with CLOSE IN


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