from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. to approach within a small distance.


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  • And truly, so the King told me, Lord Geoffrey protected him from the Saracens just as a good servant protects his master's cup from flies; for whenever the Saracens tried to get near him, Lord Geoffrey would take his sword, which he had placed between himself and the saddle-bow, and put it under his arm, and turn round and make a dash at them, and drive them away from the King.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • The sailors watched the figure in the dark neat sea-dress and cloak and the little close straw bonnet with chocolate ribbands; and every now and then made pretences to get near and see how the face looked that was hidden under it.

    The Old Helmet

  • The greatest praise is due to the crew of the "Avon's" life-boat, who went out fearlessly to endeavour to render aid; but were unable, owing to the heavy sea, to get near the ships.

    Journal Kept During The Russian War: From The Departure Of The Army From England In April 1854, To The Fall Of Sebastopol

  • I wanted to get near enough to the camps to find out for myself the actual state of feeling among the savages, and also to familiarize myself with the characteristics of the Plains Indians, for my previous experience had been mainly with mountain tribes on Ehe Pacific coast.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • I kept trying to get near its inverted-bell shape to see if its two handles had ever been injured and re-stuck.

    The Great California Game

  • "I am to remain neutral, to get near the window, to watch you, and at the signal to throw in this object, then to raise the cry of fire, and to wait you at the comer of the street."

    Sole Music

  • I was counting on Ben to help me run Danby Honda, but now, of course, I don't even want to get near the man.


  • That rendered the question of mining and blowing up the approaches moot, since any sappers who attempted to get near the structures would find themselves under immediate heavy fire, and would be picked off.

    Running from the Deity


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