Close borough

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a borough having the right of sending a member to Parliament, whose nomination is in the hands of a single person.
See under Borough.

See also: Borough, Close

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
He offered--not indeed to pay his debts, but to let him sit for a close borough until his own son came of age, which, if he lived, would come to pass in twenty years.