close quarters

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

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 Living in close quarters was more than a cultural choice for barrio residents. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, "Interstate highways displaced thousands in Phoenix. The consequences were long-lasting," 19 Nov. 2020 Meatpacking facilities, where workers often work in close quarters, emerged as virus hotspots early in the pandemic. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Managers at Tyson meat plant had betting pool on how many workers would get Covid, lawsuit alleges," 19 Nov. 2020 About 200 people attended the party, mingling in close quarters largely without masks. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump loyalists hit with new wave of coronavirus after election party," 13 Nov. 2020 About 200 people attended the party, mingling in close quarters largely without masks. Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Loyalists Hit With New Wave of Virus After Election Party," 12 Nov. 2020 That’s because any outbreak would be difficult to control in a place where people live in close quarters and where medical capabilities are limited. Nick Perry, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cut off from the world, these countries remain COVID-19 free," 12 Nov. 2020 That's because any outbreak would be difficult to control in a place where people live in close quarters and where medical capabilities are limited. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, "Pacific isles, secretive states among last virus-free places," 11 Nov. 2020 Countless images have emerged of participants packed should-to-shoulder in close quarters. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "DC mayor disregarded own COVID restrictions to attend Biden victory speech, defends 'essential travel'," 9 Nov. 2020 In her most recent outing 14 nights ago, this runner broke well but fell back some down the backstretch and then took up some in close quarters at the turn to lose some momentum. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Breeders’ Cup big day is here," 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of close quarters

1809, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

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“Close quarters.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/close%20quarters. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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