close quarters

plural noun
\ ˈklōs- How to pronounce close quarters (audio) \

Definition of close quarters

: immediate contact or close range fought at close quarters

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Khan was attempting to calm down angry youths who this month clashed with police in Pakistan-held Kashmir upon being stopped from marching toward the frontier, where Pakistani and Indian troops are in close quarters. Washington Post, "Pakistani PM to raise Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly," 14 Sep. 2019 And for a respiratory infection like influenza, risk increases when people are located within close quarters. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Doctors in Congress urge border officials to offer migrants flu shots," 13 Sep. 2019 Some of Boochani’s most vivid descriptions concern the smells of the camp: the unrelenting odor of men’s bodies in extreme heat, the inescapable smell of foul breath in close quarters. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Behrouz Boochani Is One of Australia’s Most Celebrated Writers, But He Can’t Step Onshore," 11 Sep. 2019 Schaffner said things will likely only get worse when children there go back to school early next month and begin congregating again in close quarters. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "CDC: 'Reasonable chance' US will lose measles elimination status," 28 Aug. 2019 Those who attend will learn combatives, the use of a knife in defense, close quarters shooting with rifle and pistol and how to work effectively in teams of 2, 3 and 4. Chad Sokol, The Seattle Times, "Leaked emails show Washington state Rep. Matt Shea endorsed training children to fight in holy war," 15 Aug. 2019 Dear Miss Manners: My personal office door opens directly to the passage between the lobby and the rest of the office (break room, other offices, etc.), all of which are in close quarters. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Open office door invites too much traffic," 6 Aug. 2019 Dekker followed up a day later with another photo, describing the scene of 5 humpbacks lunge feeding in close quarters with around 300 sea lions. Fox News, "California photographer snaps sea lion ‘trapped’ in humpback whale’s mouth: ‘The true Jonah experience’," 31 July 2019 In both situations, the men hold the power. Binge drinking and drug use are also widespread among the employees, and long hours working in close quarters lead to unhealthy, codependent relationships. Elisabeth Sherman, Glamour, "What Sweetbitter Gets Right—and Wrong—About Toxic Restaurant Culture," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of close quarters

1809, in the meaning defined above

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