up close

adverb or adjective

Definition of up close

: at close range

Examples of up close in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without ever coalescing, the book adds up (sort of) to a meditation on decay and dying and death, phenomena that Mr. Amis has witnessed, up close, in several of his life’s most important people. Thomas Mallon, WSJ, "‘Inside Story’ Review: Life, Unplotted," 16 Oct. 2020 Her Collierville, Tennessee gift shop introduced virtual shopping for consumers who don’t feel comfortable coming inside but want to see the pottery, gifts and home goods up close. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Small business owners add curbside pickup, FaceTime virtual shopping, online sales to compete this holiday season," 12 Oct. 2020 San Francisco always looks best from a distance, up close not so much. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "High atop Mount Tamalpais — seeing all there is to see," 26 Sep. 2020 At one point, that led to curious Lithuanian drivers pulling over to inspect the anti-aircraft weaponry up close until scared off by soldiers armed with M4 rifles. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "NATO tightens coordination in Baltics as Russia looms: 'We're not gonna be fighting alone'," 25 Sep. 2020 Instead, tiny 2-cm incisions are made and cameras provide an up close view while Bleakley performs the procedure. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "Glendale animal surgery practice aims to treat pets more like people," 30 Oct. 2020 But even up close and personal has its limits, especially in the age of COVID. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Need ideas for coronavirus kids parties? These San Antonio mobile petting zoos bring the animals to you," 27 Oct. 2020 Drive along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Scenic Byway for an up close look at the changing leaves. Angela Roberts, baltimoresun.com, "9 things to do in Maryland to get into the fall spirit while staying safe from the coronavirus," 7 Oct. 2020 Russian journalists who cover Mr. Putin have not seen him up close since March. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "Russians Were Urged to Return to Normal Life. Except for Putin.," 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of up close

1653, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2020

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“Up close.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/up%20close. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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