close in on

idiom

: to come or move nearer or closer to (someone or something)
The fire was closing in on their neighborhood.
The camera slowly closed in on the actor's face.
Police were closing in on the two men.

Examples of close in on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The same people who assured us, constantly, that the walls were about to close in on Donald Trump in the Russia investigation have endorsed, promoted, and defended Joe Biden, a man whose family business involves taking money from shady foreign actors. Rich Lowry, National Review, 26 June 2023 Doing whatever Cronin can to close in on that prime objective is imperative. oregonlive, 25 June 2022 That also meant that as federal prosecutors began to close in on Mr. Benjamin in recent weeks, Ms. Hochul brushed the matter aside — tying herself closer to her running mate as late as the eve of his arrest. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his nightly address Wednesday said the country would be willing to trade Russian prisoners for the Ukrainian civilians trapped in Mariupol as Russian forces close in on the strategic port city, according to a report. Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 The 31-year-old Spaun closed with four straight pars, and no one could close in on him. Tim Price, orlandosentinel.com, 3 Apr. 2022 One jet pilot claimed to see a light in the distance but couldn’t close in on it. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2023 With just one date left in the 100-hole challenge, the First Tee – Broward is hoping to close in on its fundraising goal of $120,000. Gary Curreri, Sun Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2022 Through Tonight: Thunderstorms may slowly close in on the region through the evening hours. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 2 July 2022

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“Close in on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/close%20in%20on. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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