at close quarters

idiom

: from a short distance
We were able to observe their behavior at close quarters.

Examples of at close quarters in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That gradual zooming in needs to be rewarded in an intensifying succession of detail; looking good on the skyline and dull at close quarters is a grave urban crime. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 23 Oct. 2023 Shotguns feel particularly disappointing, rarely doing meaningful damage at close quarters to base-level enemies. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 In some villages along the front, Ukrainian and Russian soldiers face off at close quarters, sometimes within eyesight of one another. New York Times, 11 May 2022 This could be an outstanding fight, especially if both fighters are aggressive and face off at close quarters. Josh Katzowitz, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Trailside has no field trips planned this summer, because transporting campers at close quarters in vans increases the risk of spreading the coronavirus, Long-Leather said. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 3 June 2020 Relations with parents-in-law, especially at close quarters and over extended periods, can be tricky to negotiate. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2022 Shotguns feel particularly disappointing, rarely doing meaningful damage at close quarters to base-level enemies. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 Fascination with Ward’s physical features led one fan to observe that his circle of chin whiskers could be seen only at close quarters. R.j.m. Blackett, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2023

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“At close quarters.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20close%20quarters. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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