Definition of close with in US English:

close with

phrasal verb

  • Come near, especially so as to engage with (an enemy force).

    • ‘Ground forces have the ability to render a decisive outcome by closing with and destroying enemy forces.’
    • ‘Troops have traditionally been encouraged to roar when closing with the enemy, particularly to increase shock when springing an ambush.’
    • ‘But they have also been unsuccessful in closing with the enemy.’
    • ‘In 1665, as the English fleet closed with the enemy, two of his shipmates had premonitions of death.’
    • ‘Fortunately, combat arms units have means available to replicate and introduce men to the fear, anxiety, and adrenaline associated with closing with and destroying the enemy.’
    • ‘How easy would it be for an infantryman to lose that focus and revert to his mindset of closing with and destroying the enemy?’
    • ‘The only answer is to repackage the forces we currently have into a joint force that is capable of strategic maneuver, engaging the enemy from land, air and sea, and closing with and destroying him.’
    • ‘Maintaining weapons standoff and preventing enemy infantry from closing with the defending unit can overcome a lack of infantry support.’
    • ‘In order to gain time, closing with the enemy should proceed at maximum speed.’
    • ‘However, just as a leader that has never been in combat must train his unit to shoot, move, and communicate in battle, he must also train them to deal with the repercussions they will feel after closing with and destroying the enemy.’