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- n. close quarters
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Barriers with loopholes, formerly erected on the deck of a vessel to shelter the men in a close engagement with an enemy's boarders; -- called also close quarters.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nautical, bulkheads formerly erected fore and aft in a ship for the men to stand behind in close engagement in order to fire on the enemy. Also called close-quarters.
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