close upon

[ verb klohz; adjective, adverb klohs or for 51, klohz; noun klohz for 59, 60, 63–65, 67, 68, klohs for 61, 62, 66 ]SEE DEFINITION OF close upon
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLOSE UPON

He walked on, and she did not appear to hear his steps until he was close upon her.

Physician was close upon him, and looked round the door too.

Close upon five hundred and forty have already been published.

It was close upon one in the morning, and all the country folk had been long abed.

But the eyes, they were goneno, they were close upon the floor, and coming toward them.

He is close upon twelve years old now, and maybe he is growing too fast.'

For close upon five-and-twenty years, she had kept a small shop in that town.

Thus we waited for close upon two hours that were as an eternity.

Close upon the heels of the second secretary came Mr. Green.

Looking back he saw that one of the cars was close upon him.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "to shut, cover in," from Old French clos- (past participle stem of clore "to shut, to cut off from"), 12c., from Latin clausus, past participle of claudere "to shut, close; to block up, make inaccessible; put an end to; shut in, enclose, confine" (always -clusus, -cludere in compounds).

The Latin word might be from the possible PIE root *klau- "hook, peg, crooked or forked branch" (used as a bar or bolt in primitive structures); cf. Latin clavis "key," clavus "nail," claustrum "bar, bolt, barrier," claustra "dam, wall, barricade, stronghold;" Greek kleidos (genitive) "bar, bolt, key," klobos "cage;" Old Irish clo "nail," Middle Irish clithar "hedge, fence;" Old Church Slavonic ključi "hook, key," ključiti "shut;" Lithuanian kliuti "to catch, be caught on," kliaudziu "check, hinder," kliuvu "clasp, hang;" Old High German sliozan "shut," German schließen "to shut," Schlüssel "key."

Also partly from Old English beclysan "close in, shut up." Intransitive sense "become shut" is from late 14c. Meaning "draw near to" is from 1520s. Intransitive meaning "draw together, come together" is from 1550s, hence the idea in military verbal phrase close ranks (mid-17c.), later with figurative extensions. Meaning "bring to an end, finish" is from c.1400; intransitive sense "come to an end" is from 1826. Of stock prices, from 1860. Meaning "bring together the parts of" (a book, etc.) is from 1560s. Related: Closed; closing.

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