close quarters

plural noun
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Definition of close quarters

: immediate contact or close range fought at close quarters

Examples of close quarters in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In his university classes, more than 20 students routinely sit unmasked in close quarters. Maria Cheng And Farai Mutsaka, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Nov. 2021 Strout writes about a world that is manifestly not prosperous, equitable, or accomplished, and whose inhabitants have been forced into close quarters with failure, drift, and decay. Pankaj Mishra, The New York Review of Books, 20 Oct. 2021 Various installments suggest spontaneity and tolerance, with emotions and actions often caught on small screens by individuals forced into close quarters. Roxana Hadadi, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Coronavirus outbreaks have plagued the military since the onset of the pandemic, particularly on Navy ships, where sailors live in close quarters. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 In the boxcar, the logistics of moving 10 courses on and off the table in close quarters meant the performance wrapped up in less than 90 minutes. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Oct. 2021 Yell and scream at the game, for four hours in close quarters with 60,000 of your closest friends. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 13 Oct. 2021 The ongoing incidents have put US diplomats and intelligence officials on edge leading up to the UN General Assembly in New York this week where diplomats from around the world -- including many US diplomats -- will convene in close quarters. Kylie Atwood, CNN, 20 Sep. 2021 Therefore masks are your best bet to help stop the virus spreading in close quarters, according to doctors. Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington,, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of close quarters

1809, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of close quarters was in 1809

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23 Nov 2021

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“Close quarters.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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