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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Photo: iStock Michelle Bowden, a Canberra, Australia, consultant, works for months at a time in close quarters such as meeting rooms, helping companies bid for government contracts. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "You Sneezed. Go Home.," 24 Jan. 2019 World Cup Twitter is awash with GIFs and tons of photos of Russell Crowe thanks to a single hashtag and a close quarter-final match between Russia and Croatia. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Russell Crowe's Face is All Over the Internet Thanks to Russia & Croatia's World Cup Match," 7 July 2018 And Southgate, who elected not to pick Calvert-Lewin for his senior squad back in November, is ready to run the rule over the Under-20 World Cup winner at close quarters against the Oranje and Azzurri., "Everton Striker Calvert-Lewin in Line for Maiden Senior England Call for March Friendlies," 8 Mar. 2018 Screenslaver likes to attach goggles to people, hypnotizing them at close quarters. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Incredibles 2 Addresses the State of the Union," 19 June 2018 Firefighters were in close quarters in a smoky garage checking to make sure the fire was completely extinguished. Christine Dempsey,, "Fairfield FD: Firefighter Hit In Face With Tool At Fire Scene," 29 June 2018 While the conditions at the centers are often dehumanizing (photos have shown hundreds of children packed in close quarters inside large cages), the fundamental crime is the separation itself. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Fox Idiota Claims Black People Told Her Child Detention Centers Were Better Than Public Housing," 22 June 2018 This is entirely possible with their confinement in close quarters. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 19 June 2018 After years of intermediate-track racing that often prompted more naps than energy among fans, seeing much of the field in close quarters for lap after lap was a Christmas-morning-like surprise. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "NASCAR's conundrum: Cup Drivers want speed, fans clamor for excitement," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of close quarters

1809, in the meaning defined above

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