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move in on

Definition of move in on

  1. :  to move closer or nearer to (someone or something that one is trying to reach, get, etc.) <The police moved in on the criminal's hideout.> <The lion was moving in on its prey.> —often used figuratively <Our competitors are trying to move in on our territory.> <He was trying to move in on my girlfriend.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to go or pass to another place or in a certain direction with a continuous motion

    :  to proceed toward a certain state or condition

    :  to become transferred during play

  1. :  the act of moving a piece (as in chess)

    :  the turn of a player to move

    :  a step taken especially to gain an objective :  maneuver

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a division or portion of a pool or whole

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