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closeup

or close-up

[klohs-uhp] /ˈkloʊsˌʌp/
noun
1.
a photograph taken at close range or with a long focal-length lens, on a relatively large scale.
2.
Also called close shot. Movies, Television. a camera shot taken at a very short distance from the subject, to permit a close and detailed view of an object or action.
Compare long shot (def 3), medium shot.
3.
an intimate view or presentation of anything.
adjective
4.
of or resembling a closeup.
5.
intimate or detailed; close-in.
Origin of closeup
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; noun use of adverbial phrase close up
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  • A streak of sweat cut through his pancake makeup as the camera came in for a closeup.

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    Cory Doctorow
  • It was a closeup of the designs over the entrance, shot in sharp relief so that they stood out starkly.

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    Terry Gene Carr
  • Then, one after another, their faces were shown in closeup, while Tortha Karf asked for close attention and memorization.

    Time Crime H. Beam Piper

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