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These adjectives mean not far from another in space, time, or relationship: an airport close to town; her immediate family; his nearest relative; the proximate neighborhood. See Also Synonyms at complete.
- Always together … like Siamese twins —Nina Bawden
- [Cid and his wife Juena] are like the nail [fingernail] and the flesh —The Lay of the Cid, epic poem
According to a grad student at SUNY, Stony Brook, NY, this is the only simile in this 3500-verse epic poem dating back to 1140 a.d.
- As close to him as sticking plaster —Cornell Woolrich
- Close as an uncracked nut —Play: All Vows Kept, Anon
- Close as a dead heat —Anon
- Close as fingers inside a pair of mittens —Anon
- Close as flies in a bottle —Shana Alexander
- Close as the bark to a tree —Sir Charles Sedley
This simile is also used to describe stinginess.
See Also: THRIFT
- Close as the ‘cu’ in cucumbers —Anon
- Close as the gum on a postage stamp —Anon
- Close as two peas in a pod —H. I. Phillips
Common usage has created twists such as “Close as two peas on a plate.”
See Also: SIMILARITY
- Close like exiles from a remote and forgotten land —A. R. Guerney, Jr.
- Close together as the two shells of an oyster —Leonard McNally
- Get as close as an Eskimo does to a fire in his igloo in the tundra —Anon, from radio broadcast
- His face was so close to hers that it was out of focus, like a cloud passing in front of the sun —Michael Korda
- Inseparable as a baseball fan and a bag of peanuts —Anon
- Inseparable as finger and thumb —George Farquhar
- Inseparable as a shadow to a body —Robert Burton
- Inseparable as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza —Anon
- Inseparable like ivy, which grows beautifully so long as it twines around a tree, but is of no use when it is separated —Moliére
The original has been transcribed from “A woman is like ivy” for a less gender-oriented interpretation.
- Intimate as two sardines in a can —Anon
- Near as the end of one’s nose —Anon
See Also: OBVIOUSNESS
- Near as twilight is to darkness —Thomas Paine
- Stayed as close to that woman as a pimple —Charles Johnson
See Also: CLINGING
- They’re as thick as three in a bed —Scottish saying
- They were all standing around him thick as bees —Cornell Woolrich
- (It is proper that families remain) thick like good soup —J. P. Donleavy
- We were like two kernels in one almond —Sadi
- Wrapped tight an as eggroll —Donald McCaig
|Noun||1.||closeness - a feeling of being intimate and belonging together; "their closeness grew as the night wore on"|
belonging - happiness felt in a secure relationship; "with his classmates he felt a sense of belonging"
togetherness - affectionate closeness; "togetherness is the new wonder ingredient in marriage"
|2.||closeness - the quality of being close and poorly ventilated|
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
|3.||closeness - the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance; "the sudden closeness of the dock sent him into action"|
distance - the property created by the space between two objects or points
|4.||closeness - extreme stinginess |
minginess, niggardliness, niggardness, tightfistedness, meanness, parsimoniousness, parsimony, tightness
stinginess - a lack of generosity; a general unwillingness to part with money
miserliness - total lack of generosity with money
|5.||closeness - characterized by a lack of openness (especially about one's actions or purposes)|
furtiveness, sneakiness, stealthiness - a disposition to be sly and stealthy and to do things surreptitiously
|6.||closeness - close or warm friendship; "the absence of fences created a mysterious intimacy in which no one knew privacy"|
friendliness - a friendly disposition
closeness[ˈkləʊsnɪs] n (nearness) → vicinanza; (of friendship) → profondità; (of room) → mancanza d'aria
the closeness of the weather → il tempo afoso
the closeness of the resemblance → la stretta somiglianza