a small, cramped place or position.
direct and close contact in a fight:
They met at close quarters, exchanging many quick jabs.
a narrow cramped space or position
at close quarters
1753, originally nautical, also close-fights, “bulkheads fore and aft for men to stand behind in close engagements to fire on the enemy,” it reflects the confusion of close (v.) and close (adj.); “now understood of proximity, but orig. ‘closed’ space on ship-board where last stand could be made against boarders” [Weekley]. Cf. also closed-minded, a variant of close-minded attested from 1880s, with a sense of “shut” rather than “tight.”
[klohz] /kloʊz/ noun 1. the quotation mark used to end a quotation, usually ” or ‘. 2. (used by a speaker to indicate the end of a quotation.)
[kloh-zer] /ˈkloʊ zər/ noun 1. a person or thing that . 2. Also, closure. Masonry. any of various specially formed or cut bricks for spacing or filling gaps between regular bricks or courses of regular brickwork. [kloh-ser] /ˈkloʊ sər/ adjective 1. comparative of . [verb klohz; adjective, adverb klohs or for 51, klohz; noun klohz […]
[klohs] /kloʊs/ noun, Nautical. 1. See under (def 26). [reech] /ritʃ/ verb (used with object) 1. to get to or get as far as in moving, going, traveling, etc.: The boat reached the shore. 2. to come to or arrive at in some course of progress, action, etc.: Your letter never reached me. 3. to […]
[klohs-reefd, klohz-] /ˈkloʊsˈrifd, ˈkloʊz-/ adjective, Nautical. 1. having most or all of the sail reefs taken in.