too close for comfort

idiom

variants or less commonly too near for comfort
: close enough to make a person feel nervous, worried, or upset
That bus came a little too close for comfort!
When we went out for drinks together, I realized we were getting too close for comfort.

Examples of too close for comfort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Owings Mills coach Jarrad Martin knew his upper weights were the strength of the team, but admitted the win was a little too close for comfort. Mike Frainie, Baltimore Sun, 18 Jan. 2024 North Korea and Russia are getting too close for comfort. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 16 Sep. 2023 Yes, rush-hour commutes are a pain and the next-door neighbors might be too close for comfort. David Martindale, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 That’s too close for comfort for some critics, who note that DUNE’s competitor, a Japanese experiment called Hyper-Kamiokande, will start operations in 2027—early enough to potentially beat the U.S. project to the punch on key neutrino measurements. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 13 Dec. 2023 But the danger encoded in the polls is that enough voters might come to see Biden as embodying a stagnant status quo and Trump as the alternative to it, which feels a little too close for comfort to 2016. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 12 Nov. 2023 Of course, even the most private of residences in New York can be too close for comfort. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 13 July 2023 Now, Berlin wonders if its partner has gotten too close for comfort. Bertrand Benoit, WSJ, 13 July 2023 That one, in a game that had become a little too close for comfort, gave Flower Mound a 6-3 lead. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 11 June 2023 See More

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“Too close for comfort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/too%20close%20for%20comfort. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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