Definition of up close

: at close range

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Harden shows Lillard what an MVP looks like up close. John Canzano,, "Canzano: Houston Rockets red glare too much for Lillard and Co.," 21 Mar. 2018 Randy Christian, the chief deputy for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, told that his deputies saw an example of the intoxicating power of romance up close and personal on Tuesday. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "For drug smuggling couple, ‘love knows no bounds’ — or they’re ‘just stupid,’ Alabama cop says | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 Examine costumes and props up close, and take a lesson in the series' special effects. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "London’s Harry Potter Studio Tour Is Even More Magical in the Snow," 25 Dec. 2018 People can walk around each costume and see the details...they’re going to see them up close, inches away. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "New SCAD Exhibit Offers Outlander Fans the Chance to See This Season's Costumes Before They Air," 18 Nov. 2018 Now, royal fans have the opportunity to see the bride's stunning Givenchy gown and a replica of the groom's uniform up close, along with commentary from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex themselves from an audio guide. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Talk About the Hidden Details in Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Royal Wedding Looks," 26 Oct. 2018 Occasionally, buyers and their agents see the competition up close, especially when properties are being shown to more than one home shopper at the same time in this hectic market. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Millennials, baby boomers are in the market for the same homes," 25 June 2018 And here's a photo of the switcheroo up close: This isn't the first Davidson tattoo Grande has covered up. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "How Ariana Grande Has Covered Up Her Pete Davidson Tattoos," 3 Dec. 2018 Seeing a Formula 1 team working on its car up close is a privilege. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Open mind, wide open throttle: We go to our first NASCAR race," 15 Nov. 2018

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1653, in the meaning defined above

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