• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Close-fights (Naut) Barriers with loopholes, formerly erected on the deck of a vessel to shelter the men in a close engagement with an enemy's boarders; -- called also close quarters.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • close-fights Nautical, bulkheads formerly erected fore and aft in a ship for the men to stand behind in close engagement in order to fire on the enemy. Also called close-quarters.
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In literature:

He was driven to fight beside his leader with Rube close behind him ready for any treachery.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
At length, after a long and hard fight, John succeeded in leading the fish close to the shore, where Rob lay waiting.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
Meanwhile, North Kikwan fort was captured by our troops on the night of the 18th, after a fight which cost us close upon a thousand men.
"Under the Ensign of the Rising Sun" by Harry Collingwood
With the close of the battle there came a lull in the fighting.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Meta tried but couldn't fight down the horror it raised when she came close.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
For a moment or two she stood there on the curb, her eyes closed, fighting for self-control, forcing her disorganized brain to duty.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
It wouldn't really be a fight; they'd be close to helpless.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The latter offered the most stubborn resistance and a great deal of very close fighting took place.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Although outmatched, the British ship closed with her foe and kept up the fight for an hour.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
To close with, and a fight to fight at last Worthy my soul!
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
September 30, 1916, marked the close of the third month of Allied fighting in the Somme region.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
They went into another clinch, and the sheriff got the better of the close fighting.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
The fence was close at hand, and the command to dismount to fight on foot was given.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
IT has already been shown that the science of aerial warfare is closely allied with that of under-sea fighting.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Grey was fighting against the drowsiness by jerking his head sharply upwards, but his eyes would close in spite of his efforts.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
The fight was coming very close now.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
A few moments more and both adversaries again came to the surface, now at close grips and fighting furiously.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Thorn was not a close-fighting man.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
At our arrival, fighting closed, and we went back to camp.
"Diary of Battery A, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery" by Theodore Reichardt
It will be wondered why a conclusion so curiously impotent was permitted to close the fighting of so famous a field.
"Malplaquet" by Hilaire Belloc

In poetry:

Were you to cross the world, my dear,
To work or love or fight,
I could be calm and wistful here,
And close my eyes at night.
"Distance" by Dorothy Parker
Though long the closing day was fled,
The fight they still maintain,
While night a deeper horror shed
Along the darken'd plain.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
Then he stroked his beard, and he closed his eyes:
‘T were a pity to mar so sweet a fight
On a beggarly question of supplies.
Diable! it spoils one’s pleasure quite.”
"A Business Transaction" by James Jeffrey Roche
'Tis but a soldier stricken in the fight,
A youth who flung his passion into life,
Flung scorn at Death, fought true for Freedom's might,
Till Death did close his vision in the strife.
"A Soldiers Funeral" by John William Streets
Cherubim "Regina Martyrum."
Draw close the starry curtains of the night
Lest Heaven fade and I forget to pray;
Here God is love, we hate nor suffer fight,
What Herod lives upon the earth to-day?
"Herod" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
The leader of that martial crew
Seems bent some mighty deed to do,
So steadily he speeds,
With lips firm closed and fixed eye,
Like warrior when the fight is night,
Nor talk nor landscape heeds.
"The Conversion Of St. Paul" by John Keble

In news:

In the next close presidential contest, lawyers will fight over which ballots to count and whether their candidates are being treated fairly.
AP Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates, right, punches Xavier guard Landen Amos, left, during a fight in the closing moments of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturda in Cincinnati.
The most popular exercise class in Santo Domingo is a free hour-long group exercise session held in the middle of a closed park avenue, part of an effort to fight the nation's obesity woes.
Now that the post-election entitlements fights are back in the spotlight, raising the Social Security retirement age will return to center stage as one of the common prescriptions for closing the program's long-term funding gap.
The US Embassy in Cairo closed Thursday after fighting between protesters and police blocked access to the building.
Fierce fighting closes Damascus airport for second day.
A South Carolina couple was a little too close for comfort when they got into a fight involving the remote control.
ROCKFORD — Owners of a nightclub where a fight spilled into the parking lot resulting in gunfire, multiple car crashes and two deaths are voluntarily closing the business.
Hawaii high school closes amid fights, tension.
A high school on Hawaii 's Big Island was temporarily closed after officials say racial tension and multiple fights this week culminated in a brawl involving 20 to 30 students, with eight arrests.
As parents fight to keep four Brevard public schools from closing, they've launched Facebook pages - 5:05 pm.
Troop injuries are a cost of the war in Afghanistan that will linger even as fighting comes to a close.
"City has imposed fees and closed recreation facilities, making it harder to fight obesity.".
As darkness fell in the embattled capital, the highway to Damascus international airport was closed by fighting, witnesses said.
School board votes to close one charter, passes on fighting state over another.