close quarters

close quar·ter
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [verb klohz kwawr-ter]
    • /verb kloʊz ˈkwɔr tər/
    • /kləʊz ˈkwɔː.tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [verb klohz kwawr-ter]
    • /verb kloʊz ˈkwɔr tər/

Definitions of close quarters words

  • noun plural close quarters a narrow cramped space or position 3
  • noun close quarters an enclosed space on a ship, in which a last stand could be made against boarders 3
  • noun close quarters space that is narrow or crowded 3
  • noun close quarters hand-to-hand encounter with an enemy 3
  • noun close quarters a small, cramped place or position. 1
  • noun close quarters direct and close contact in a fight: They met at close quarters, exchanging many quick jabs. 1

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Origin of close quarters

First appearance:

before 1745
One of the 47% newest English words
First recorded in 1745-55

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Parts of speech for Close quarters


close quarters popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 73% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

close quarters usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for close quarters

noun close quarters

  • grips — Plural form of grip.

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