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close company

(Brit) a company under the control of its directors or fewer than five independent participants Also called closed company
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  • In a few moments the close company became too close for comfort.

    The Blocking of Zeebrugge Alfred F. B. Carpenter
  • The young birds and their parents form a family party during the autumn, and apparently migrate southwards in close company.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • We walked from the town to the prison, in close company with two deputy sheriffs.

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • The path, bearing it close company, threaded a wilderness of briar and wild-rose.

  • Emerson did not need any urging, but when James left the wharf he kept him close company.

    The First Capture Harry Castlemon
  • We again engaged in the worship of God, and sought to keep the boats in close company.

  • The protector did not appear to resent the close company of the fish, which remained perfectly motionless.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • She then returned to the train and finished her journey, keeping herself in close company with Mrs. Brown.

    The Awakening of the Desert Julius C. Birge
  • Many of the animals were already at liberty, racing in close company in the direction taken by the Arab mare.

    Kiddie the Scout

    Robert Leighton
  • A backward season brings strangers into close company for a while.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe

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