Definition of up close 

: at close range

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She was also affected by seeing up close the devastation wreaked on New York City after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Randy Lewis,, "To Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra, the personal is political," 29 June 2018 Now, aquarium-goers can see and learn about these types of fish, and scientists have an opportunity to study them up close. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Clever New Invention Can Bring Bizarre-Looking Fish Up From the Deep Ocean," 5 June 2018 Having such great artists as Picasso and seeing them up close and personal was really great. USA TODAY, "How to experience authentic Japan," 31 May 2018 She's watched video footage, gone on diving expeditions to see the coral up close and even traveled to the reefs - about 100 miles off the coast of Galveston - on commercial fishing vessels. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Proposal to expand marine sanctuary discussed in Galveston," 5 Feb. 2018 Taking you over rugged tracks whilst enjoying views on some of the higher, more scenic locations on the farm, your tour will incorporate the historic woolshed, seeing livestock up close and experiencing some of the practical sides of a working farm. Tom Ricketts, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to New Zealand," 5 Oct. 2016 The police bureau said officers didn't realize the weapon was an imitation firearm until examining it up close. Elliot Njus,, "Man arrested after shooting house, people with air rifle in SE Portland, police say," 10 Apr. 2018 In part, this owes to the way the album was recorded: extremely up close and personal. Howard Reich,, "Linda Eder hits a personal best with 'If You See Me'," 2 July 2018 Frost watched the decline of Nebraska football from afar and, as when in the stands during the program’s humbling loss to Kansas in 2005, up close and personal. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "No fear of failure for Nebraska and Scott Frost," 26 Apr. 2018

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1653, in the meaning defined above

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