close in
verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to encircle closely and isolate 2. to enshroud to such an extent as to preclude entrance or exit <
the airport was closed in by the storm
>
intransitive verb 1. to gather in close all around with an oppressing or isolating effect <
despair closed in on her
>
2. to approach to close quarters especially for an attack, raid, or arrest <
the police closed in
>
3. to grow dark <
the short November day was already closing in — Ellen Glasgow
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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