• "His hand closed again upon the sceptre of authority."
    "His hand closed again upon the sceptre of authority."
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Close-handed penurious, covetous
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  • Meister Eckhart
    “Man goes far away or near but God never goes far-off; he is always standing close at hand, and even if he cannot stay within he goes no further than the door.”


Close at hand - If something is close at hand, it is nearby or conveniently located.
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades - This phrase is used to say that if you come close to success without succeeding, it is not good enough


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. clos, shut—L. claudĕre, clausum, to shut.


In literature:

Tony Alviro, knife in hand, was close upon him.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
His hands closed over something small and round.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
Servants pour water on their hands, serve corn from baskets, and bring napkins with close-cut pile.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Charlotte came close and put her hand a little timidly on his shoulder.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
Laying his hand on her wrist he squeezed it closely for a moment.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
She closed the lid, pressing her hand upon the rough carving, and looked it.
"Romola" by George Eliot
So she lay there in the dark, her hot face buried in her hands, close to one whom she needed and who needed her.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
And at the close of this song, without a glance at the preacher, he offered a parting hand to Viola.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
The shore was close at hand, and the steamer was moving toward the rude wharf.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
But the river is close at hand, and our pursuers have barely started from the Silver Lily.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

More closely for the sake of them
Each other's hands we press;
Our voices take from them a tone
Of deeper tenderness.
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And those in gold glance scornfully
Or pass me unawares;
But those in grey come close to me
And take my hands in theirs.
"The Days" by Theodosia Garrison
Close your eyes, your hands let be
Folded on your slumbering heart,
From whose hold all treachery
Drive forever, and all art.
"En Sourdine" by Paul Verlaine
His legs he closed about my breast,
His hands upon my head,
Till Coldstream lights beamed in the trees
And he wailed and fled.
"The Kelso Road" by Frank Prewett
And from his finger strive to draw
The ring that bound him to her spell?
Till on her closed his hand whose awe
No curse could quell?
"Oh, Go Not Out" by Cale Young Rice
The waters closed around the corpse
And cleansed his hands from gore,
The willow waved, the stream flowed on
And murmured as before.
"Jaspar" by Robert Southey

In news:

Roads were closed throughout the park and a handful of hikers coming off sections of the Appalachian Trial on Tuesday morning reporting tangles of fallen trees and waist-deep drifts.
Help close at hand for Glenmoor blaze.
Closing Arguments At Hand In Trial Of Ventura County Teen Accused Of Killing Classmate In Hate Crime.
Winery, golf close at hand .
Close at hand and delicious.
Web analytics company Renesys, which has closely monitored the Syria situation, reported Friday that a small handful of "net blocks" that had survived the original blackout had been yanked offline, as well.
Bridesmaids are an important part of the wedding party, and most brides opt to have a handful of close friends and family members play a special role in the wedding.
Deborah Saucier, 59, remembers being a 10-year-old lying on the grass of her yard of her Lousiana home, her younger brother close at hand.
So far, with about 12 hours and 3 locations under their belts, officers have handed out close to 150 citations for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk .
Closing the skills gap requires technical, hands-on educational programs that utilize the most current advances and processes available.
The 'Born To Die' hitmaker enjoyed getting close to the older men in the video for her single 'Ride' and says she had a big hand in casting the men.
The locking mechanism is easily operated with one hand, both for opening and closing.
Vestaburg baseball team hands Lakeview two close losses.
"Heather Canyon is closed due to a gigantic avalanche," read a hand-written sign at the bottom of the Hood River Express chairlift Friday afternoon.
Having already closed out the Opening Ceremonies, Sir Paul McCartney and his family were on hand Saturday (Aug.

In science:

The left-hand side is a line integral extended over a closed curve γ , the right-hand side a surface integral extended over S (γ ), which is the domain of the x-y plane bounded by γ .
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
On S O (Γ, O) a left-hand path describe a closed path around a cusp.
On the Genus of a Random Riemann Surface
It is important to observe that a left-hand path is not necessarily a simple closed path on the graph.
On the Genus of a Random Riemann Surface
On the other hand, Lie conformal superalgebras are closely connected to the notion of a formal distribution Lie superalgebra (g, F ), i.e. a Lie superalgebra g spanned by the coefficients of a family F of mutually local formal distributions.
Classification of finite simple Lie conformal superalgebras
On the other hand, the eigenvalues of a large modulus are unlikely; the density P (z ) is concentrated in a close vicinity of the origin, z = 0.
Random unistochastic matrices