Definition of close quarters in English:

close quarters

plural noun

  • A situation of being very or uncomfortably close to someone or something.

    ‘living in close quarters with people’
    ‘engaging the enemy at close quarters’
    • ‘It is daunting to strike up a conversation with a stranger, especially if you are in close quarters and have an audience.’
    • ‘It was a tactic that made Napoleonic War sea battles particularly hellish for those confined in the close quarters of a wooden ship.’
    • ‘My job gave me the opportunity to study other people's paintings and prints at close quarters.’
    • ‘The last time I had experienced a death at such close quarters was many years ago as a houseman, but then I was not so personally involved.’
    • ‘Though our spirits were high, nerves were growing raw in such close quarters.’
    • ‘There was a lot you could learn about other people when you were stuck with them in close quarters.’
    • ‘Older children can work off a little steam after being confined in close quarters.’
    • ‘Plant a window box and enjoy the colour at close quarters.’
    • ‘Perhaps there is some pressure placed on people in such close quarters to initiate conversation.’
    • ‘Events of the past five months have forced us all into contemplation of violent death, but few of us have confronted it at close quarters.’
    • ‘The familiar, musty odor of monkey fur at close quarters fills my nostrils.’
    • ‘The silent paddle allows wildlife photographers and scientists to observe nature at close quarters.’
    • ‘Living in such close quarters and facing daily dangers engendered a sense of great camaraderie at the Airfield.’
    • ‘Fortunately, our car sprang back into action and we followed him at close quarters, weaving in and out of the other traffic at high speed.’
    • ‘I have watched at close quarters as he has fended off the most rigorous questions concerning both his private life and his political beliefs.’
    • ‘Short of scuba diving in sub-tropical waters, this must be the best way to see sharks at close quarters - and certainly safer.’
    • ‘The fans all the while remained somewhat in awe as they watched what seemed to be their favourite band in such close quarters.’
    • ‘How many people could look at power from such close quarters and not grab it with both hands?’
    • ‘The only occasion I have seen one of them at close quarters was when Princess Margaret visited the Royal Photographic Society.’
    • ‘It seemed a little strange, at first, living at such close quarters to Julie.’
    • ‘She had plenty of opportunity to study him at close quarters, for she had agreed to go through his thesis with him, correcting his German.’
    • ‘We're going to be working at close quarters with the people we hire for years.’
    • ‘The fact still remains, you are going to have to spend a lot of time with him - in close quarters.’

Pronunciation

close quarters

/ˌklōs ˈkwôrdərz/