close in on (sb/sth)

Meaning(s)

1. approach quickly, or move nearer or closer to somebody or something

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close in on a deal

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To close in is a phrasal verb which can mean to come close to someone who is being pursued. To close in on someone or something can mean to gradually surround it particularly in order to restrict movement. If you say something is 'closing in' it can also mean it is getting closer.

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  1. The police closed in on the suspect after they tracked a call he had made from a public payphone.
  2. I hate being in small, enclosed spaces. It can feel as though the walls are closing in on me!

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  1. I want you involved in the negotiations today. I believe your expertise and interpersonal skills can help us close in on a deal.
  2. The deadline is rapidly closing in on us. We must get this order out asap!

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