close quarters


close quarters
/kloʊs ˈkwɔtəz / (say klohs 'kwawtuhz)

plural noun
1. a small, cramped place or position: *the three of them living at such close quarters you could hear one another's coughs, groans, dreams almost, anywhere inside the echoing house. –patrick white, 1976.
2. direct and close contact in a fight.
phrase
3. at close quarters, in a confined space.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • close quarters — 1753, originally nautical, and reflecting the confusion of CLOSE (Cf. close) (v.) and CLOSE (Cf. close) (adj.); now understood of proximity, but orig. closed space on ship board where last stand could be made against boarders [Weekley]. Cf. also… …   Etymology dictionary

  • close quarters — Close fights Close fights , n. pl. (Naut.) Barriers with loopholes, formerly erected on the deck of a vessel to shelter the men in a close engagement with an enemy s boarders; called also {close quarters}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • close quarters — [klōs] n. 1. Historical an enclosed space on a ship, in which a last stand could be made against boarders 2. space that is narrow or crowded 3. hand to hand encounter with an enemy …   English World dictionary

  • close quarters — noun plural Date: 1809 immediate contact or close range < fought at close quarters > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • close quarters — /klohs/ 1. a small, cramped place or position. 2. direct and close contact in a fight: They met at close quarters, exchanging many quick jabs. [1745 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • close quarters — {n. phr.} Limited, cramped space. * /With seven boy scouts in a tent, they were living in very close quarters./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • close quarters — {n. phr.} Limited, cramped space. * /With seven boy scouts in a tent, they were living in very close quarters./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • close quarters — noun Very near proximity. They were fighting at close quarters …   Wiktionary

  • close\ quarters — n. phr. Limited, cramped space. With seven boy scouts in a tent, they were living in very close quarters …   Словарь американских идиом