to be too close to home meaning, to be too close to home definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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[1]     ( closes    3rd person present)   ( closing    present participle)   ( closed    past tense & past participle  )   (SHUTTING OR COMPLETING)  
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1       verb   When you close something such as a door or lid or when it closes, it moves so that a hole, gap, or opening is covered.   (=shut)     (Antonym: open)    If you are cold, close the window...      V n  
Zacharias heard the door close...      V  
Keep the curtains closed.      V-ed  
2       verb   When you close something such as an open book or umbrella, you move the different parts of it together.  
Slowly he closed the book.      V n  
3       verb   If you close something such as a computer file or window, you give the computer an instruction to remove it from the screen.     (COMPUTING)  
To close your document, press CTRL+W on your keyboard.      V n  
4       verb   When you close your eyes or your eyes close, your eyelids move downwards, so that you can no longer see.  
Bess closed her eyes and fell asleep...      V n  
When we sneeze, our eyes close.      V  
5       verb   When a place closes or is closed, work or activity stops there for a short period.   (=shut)     (Antonym: open)    Shops close only on Christmas Day and New Year's Day...      V  
It was Saturday; they could close the office early...      V n  
Government troops closed the airport...      V n  
The restaurant was closed for the night.      V-ed  
6       verb   If a place such as a factory, shop, or school closes, or if it is closed, all work or activity stops there permanently.  
Many enterprises will be forced to close...      V  
If they do close the local college I'll have to go to Worcester.      V n  
      Close down means the same as close., phrasal verb  
Minford closed down the business and went into politics...      V P n (not pron)  
Many of the smaller stores have closed down.      V P, Also V n P  
  closing      n-sing   (=closure)  
...since the closing of the steelworks in nearby Duquesne in 1984.     
7       verb   To close a road or border means to block it in order to prevent people from using it.  
They were cut off from the West in 1948 when their government closed that border crossing.      V n  
8       verb   To close a conversation, event, or matter means to bring it to an end or to complete it.  
Judge Isabel Oliva said last night: `I have closed the case. There was no foul play.'...      V n  
The Prime Minister is said to now consider the matter closed.      V-ed  
...the closing ceremony of the National Political Conference.      V-ing  
9       verb   If you close a bank account, you take all your money out of it and inform the bank that you will no longer be using the account.,   (Antonym: open)    He had closed his account with the bank five years earlier.      V n  
10       verb   On the stock market or the currency markets, if a share price or a currency closes at a particular value, that is its value at the end of the day's business.     (BUSINESS, Antonym: open)  
Dawson shares closed at 219p, up 5p...      V prep/adv  
The US dollar closed higher in Tokyo today.      V adj-compar  
11       n-sing   Thecloseof a period of time or an activity is the end of it. To bring or draw something to a close means to end it.  
oft the N of n, to a N   (=end)  
By the close of business last night, most of the big firms were hailing yesterday's actions as a success..., Brian's retirement brings to a close a glorious chapter in British football history...     
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    closed  
    closing  
    to close the door on something  
    door  
    to close your eyes to something  
    eye  
    to close ranks  
    rank   close down  
    close 6   close off      phrasal verb   To close something off means to separate it from other things or people so that they cannot go there.   (=seal off)  
Police closed off about 12 blocks of a major San Francisco thoroughfare for today's march...      V P n (not pron)   close up  
1       phrasal verb   If someone closes up a building, they shut it completely and securely, often because they are going away.   (=shut up, lock up)  
Just close up the shop...      V P n (not pron)  
The summer house had been closed up all year.      V-ed P  
2       phrasal verb   If an opening, gap, or something hollow closes up, or if you close it up, it becomes closed or covered.  
Don't use cold water as it shocks the blood vessels into closing up.      V P, Also V n P  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
v.
to be lost
he went missing my dog went missing for three days
adj.
able to be seen
[US] the car in front of us was visible because we had the lights on
exp.
to be unable to think for oneself
used in a condescending way
exp.
to be left in a state of confusion or uncertainty
n.
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
exp.
to be likely to do something
banks set to miss lending targets
adj.
to be gutsy means to have guts
to be gutsy: avoir du cran
adj.
(about persons) not to be trusted; dangerous
n.
a person paid by the state to work in the interests of the nation who considers it to be a ‘right’ to be able abuse his or her authority to ensure personal gain for himself or herself at the expense of the nation…
neologism ... created on some blog
v.
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
exp.
"to be up for it" means to be willing to participate
she's really up for it: elle est partante
exp.
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.
exp.
home is the best place to be no matter where it is
exp.
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
slang
n.
the process of reaching a conclusion about something because of other things that you know to be true
[US] I often find my stuff by using deduction but sometimes it doesn't help at all.
exp.
The transference of virtual assets and value stored on web possible to be distributed upon user’s death.
[Tech.]
n.
To delibaretly make someone feel frightened especially so that they will do what you want ; scared and follow directions of yours or what you want thing to be ...
n.
Someone (usually a young man) who tries unsuccessfully to be funny by making lame jokes and doing stupid things
US English, colloquial
exp.
User’s online presence that hold the potential to be the key to ones online identity, value and worth.
[Tech.]
n.
Something that as soon as it is done becomes decided upon to repeat the next year and years to come. Does not necessarily have to had been done previous years to be defined an instant tradition.
id.
to be more sucsessful than others in a competitive situation.or to do things in advance to reach sucsess in a competition.
I jelous my friend she is always ahead of the game! That basketball tim was ahead of the game that is why they won!
exp.
expression used for warning that, although something seems to be over, settled, new events that could change the situation may occur
syn.: "it ain't over till it's over"
exp.
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.
exp.
close friend
n.
care home
exp.
Port Out Starboard Home
Folk etymology: rich ship passengers paid for cabins on the side most in shadow. Supposedly shortened to P.O.S.H on tickets. No evidence for this origin; the word comes from 19th century slang.

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