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close quarters

[ klohs ]
/ kloʊs /
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noun
a small, cramped place or position.
direct and close contact in a fight: They met at close quarters, exchanging many quick jabs.
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Origin of close quarters

First recorded in 1745–55
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How to use close quarters in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for close quarters

close quarters
/ (kləʊs) /

pl n
a narrow cramped space or position
at close quarters
  1. engaged in hand-to-hand combat
  2. in close proximity; very near together
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