close up

1) PHRASAL VERB If someone closes up a building, they shut it completely and securely, often because they are going away.

[V P n (not pron)] Just close up the shop...

[V-ed P] The summer house had been closed up all year.

shut up, lock up
2) PHR-V-ERG If an opening, gap, or something hollow closes up, or if you close it up, it becomes closed or covered.

[V P] Don't use cold water as it shocks the blood vessels into closing up. [Also V n P]

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Close — (kl[=o]s), a. [Compar. {Closer} (kl[=o] s[ e]r); superl. {Closest}.] [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See {Close}, v. t.] 1. Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box. [1913 Webster] From a close bower this dainty music flowed. Dryden. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Close — may refer to: Close (surname) In music: Close , a song by Rascal Flatts from Unstoppable Close , a song by Soul Asylum from Candy from a Stranger Close , a song by Westlife from Coast to Coast Close (to the Edit) , a song by Art of Noise Other:… …   Wikipedia

  • Close — (kl[=o]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Closed} (kl[=o]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Closing}.] [From OF. & F. clos, p. p. of clore to close, fr. L. claudere; akin to G. schliessen to shut, and to E. clot, cloister, clavicle, conclude, sluice. Cf. {Clause}, n.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Close — Close, v. i. 1. To come together; to unite or coalesce, as the parts of a wound, or parts separated. [1913 Webster] What deep wounds ever closed without a scar? Byron. [1913 Webster] 2. To end, terminate, or come to a period; as, the debate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Close — Close, n. 1. The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The doors of plank were; their close exquisite. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. Conclusion; cessation; ending; end. [1913 Webster] His long and troubled life was… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Close — (kl[=o]s), adv. 1. In a close manner. [1913 Webster] 2. Secretly; darkly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A wondrous vision which did close imply The course of all her fortune and posterity. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Close — (? or ?), n. [OF. & F. clos an inclosure, fr. clos, p. p. of clore. See {Close}, v. t.] 1. An inclosed place; especially, a small field or piece of land surrounded by a wall, hedge, or fence of any kind; specifically, the precinct of a cathedral… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Close-up — For other uses, see Close up (disambiguation) A close up shot Main article: Shot (filmmaking) In filmmaking, television production, still photography and the comic strip medium a close up tightly frames a person or an object. Close ups are one of …   Wikipedia

  • close — I. verb (closed; closing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French clos , stem of clore, from Latin claudere to shut, close; perhaps akin to Greek kleiein to close more at clavicle Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to move so as to bar …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Close Up — For articles with similar titles, see Close up (disambiguation). Close Up Format News/Current Affairs Starring Mark Sainsbury Paul Henry Mike Hosking Susan Wood (2004 2006) Country of origin New Zealand …   Wikipedia

  • close-in — adjective Date: 1945 1. near a center of activity and especially a city < close in suburbs > 2. occurring or designed for use within a narrowly limited area < close in fighting > < close in weapons > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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