to be fairly accurate in a guess, statement, etc. Such guesses are thought to be close to the mark. “The Los Angeles Times” was nearer the mark when it said…
be close to/near the markjump to other results
near; in a place where someone or something can be reached easily I keep snacks for the kids close at hand.
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at a short distance (from someone or something) Our friends live close by. The route passes close by the town.
close by (somebody/something)jump to other results
almost; nearly She is close to sixty. It is close to midnight. a profit close to $200 million
close tojump to other results
in a position very near to something The picture looks very different when you see it close up.
close upjump to other results
very near in space to someone or something She snuggled close up to him.
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to almost reach or do something He'd come close to death. We didn't win, but we came close. The welfare state never came close to eliminating poverty.
come close (to something/to doing something)jump to other results
to keep your ideas, plans, etc. secret
hold/keep/play your cards close to your chestjump to other results
to take a risk by doing something that is dangerous or that may be illegal
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