One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Close at hand; nearby.
- ‘And Tom started toward an edge of the group, and she followed close at his elbow, in his sandy footprints.’
- ‘And pretty soon, we will end up in a circumstance, I fear, where academic researchers will find it very difficult to pursue their best and brightest ideas without a phalanx of lawyers at their elbow.’
- ‘You want to find an easy chair with by a fire and have a brandy at your elbow and your feet up (along with a large circle of friends and family all gathered round in eager expectation).’
- ‘I talked to a Colombian film-maker who I thought of having at my elbow, but finally the producer and I decided that with all of the actors we had on board, we really did have those voices there already.’
- ‘Some wasted looking guy kept hanging around at my elbow.’
- ‘With spirits whirling through his Christmas, Dickens still has one hand nudging at your elbow and another just resisting a clutch at a pretty girl's skirt.’
- ‘I could feel the invisible billions at my elbow, also watching.’
- ‘I had a live database of Caribbean history and culture right at my elbow, along with visiting professors.’
- ‘Because I think that if you're at his elbow, day in, day out, hour in, hour out, you can't expect him to be guarded all the time.’
- ‘You should, in the pecking order of these things, have both an open packet of local cigarettes and a battered classic travel book at your elbow.’
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