close quarters


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close quarters

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

close′ quar′ters

(kloʊs)
n.pl.
1. a small, cramped place or position.
2. direct and close contact in a fight.
[1745–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.close quarters - a situation of being uncomfortably close to someone or something
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
site, situation - physical position in relation to the surroundings; "the sites are determined by highly specific sequences of nucleotides"
References in classic literature ?
That is to spring to close quarters with an unseen enemy--the strategy of despair!
He was, besides, of an active disposition, and had a great antipathy to those close quarters in the castle of Gloucester, for which a justice of peace might possibly give him a billet.
It was the dead silence of our long gaze at such close quarters that gave the whole horror, huge as it was, its only note of the unnatural.
It was pretty close quarters in that little dugout for three human beings and two practically wild, man-eating dogs; but we had to make the best of it, since I would not listen to Juag's sug-gestion that we kill and eat Raja and Ranee.
She could not avoid seeing him again, but the outraged Charlie took care that it should not be at very close quarters.
Dolokhov, running beside Timokhin, killed a Frenchman at close quarters and was the first to seize the surrendering French officer by his collar.
The first one dodged Trent's bullet and was upon him, when the boy shot him through the cheek and he went rolling over into the fire, with a death-cry which rang through the camp high above the din of fighting, another behind him Trent shot himself, but the third was upon him before he could draw his revolver and the two rolled over struggling fiercely, at too close quarters for weapons, yet with the thirst for blood fiercely kindled in both of them.
It was the first time Sheldon had been at close quarters with an American girl, and he would have wondered if all American girls were like Joan Lackland had he not had wit enough to realize that she was not at all typical.
He was still too badly scared to come to close quarters with the dazzling and resplendent creatures his own millions made accessible.
Enraged at not being able to fight the Marionette at close quarters, they started to throw all kinds of books at him.
He said readily, that the way was to keep them off with our great shot as long as we could, and then to use our small arms, to keep them from boarding us; but when neither of these would do any longer, we would retire to our close quarters, for perhaps they had not materials to break open our bulkheads, or get in upon us.
The dislike of the wolf for close quarters was his to an unusual degree.