from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being at very close range: provided up-close views of rare fish.
  • adj. Exhibiting or providing detailed information or firsthand knowledge: "up-close glimpses of the big money, big deals, and big decisions of America's entrepreneurial giants” ( Harvard Business Review).


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  • Small television monitors hang from the underside of the balcony, allowing congregants to get a better view of the speakers and occasionally themselves as a cameraman makes his way through the crowd, capturing up-close the jubilant scene of worship and praise that is intensifying throughout the sanctuary.

    American Grace

  • Getting an up-close glimpse of the power and magnitude of a volcano—even without its supercharged lightning bursts—made the kind of early Earth chemistry proposed by Miller seem entirely possible.

    First Contact

  • Sheptock has a stark, up-close perspective on the DC government's new War on the Poor as opposed to LBJ's War on Poverty: "To make a long story short, they want to push the poor out of the city," he says.

    Art Levine: GOP-Style Democrats Slash DC Budget: Homeless Moms Already Given Bus Tokens, Not Shelter

  • More troubling is to take an up-close look at Seattle's streets and parks after Orion Center shuts down for the day, especially as temperatures drop and the combination of rain and gusty winds makes for bone-chilling conditions.

    Economy deals homeless youth support center double whammy

  • Special-interest cruises, known as theme cruises, are the ideal way to get up-close and personal with your favorite celebs, or enjoy leisurely vacations at sea while pursuing interests in everything from Harley-Davidson motorcycles, to “Twilight.”

    Twilight Lexicon » Go Cruising Vampire Style

  • The up-close and space-to-space combat is OK, and they capture many other aspects of military life somewhat accurately, but in many other areas they fail again and again.

    Thoughts On Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 So Far

  • "Reagan did not dye his hair - he used a little dab of Brylcreem," said Craig Shirley, a former campaign staffer who spent plenty of up-close time with the Gipper.

    Dyed heads of state? Top secret, man.

  • Earlier this month I got an up-close and personal look at a high performance green ride from Zero Motorcycles.

    Lea Bogdan | Inhabitat

  • Go to Court 17 at 11:00 a.m. for an up-close inspection—and stay there if you're interested in Christina McHale, a New Jersey teen who has several impressive victories this summer.

    Monday May Be a Tennis Fan's Dream

  • With either or both tools, you can learn a lot about up-close shooting before deciding to move further up the pro-am ladder.

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