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  • v. To enclose around; to tighten or shrink; to collapse.
  • v. To catch up with in a chase; to near the end of a pursuit.
  • v. To near a goal or completion.


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  • (The Maids are reluctant, but Housekeeper commands them with her eyes to close in on Margaret, and they obey.) (Margaret backs away until she brings up against desk.)


  • He created a complex set of misdirections for the army unit that was trying to close in on his physical body; it would take them several hours to find him, far longer than necessary for the govern - ment to call them off.

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  • There was thus revealed not only the important fact that Lee was concentrating at Amelia Court House, but also a trustworthy basis for estimating his troops, so I sent word to Crook to strike up the railroad toward me, and to Merritt -- who, as I have said, had followed on the heels of the enemy -- to leave Mackenzie there and himself close in on Jettersville.

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