1 only a short distance away
She moved closer, trying to hear what Jack was saying.
close to: He clutched his bag close to his chest.
Mark was standing dangerously close to the edge of the cliff.
close together: They lay close together on the beach.
close behind: Mary went first, with Jill close behind.
draw/hold someone close (=pull/hold them against your body): He drew me close and hugged me tightly.
close by/close at hand: We didn’t need to worry because help was close at hand.
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