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  • When Darkness Closes In
    When Darkness Closes In
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v close in surround completely "Darkness enclosed him","They closed in the porch with a fence"
    • v close in advance or converge on "The police were closing in on him"
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  • Maxwell Maltz
    “You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.”
  • Robert Frost
    “Heaven gives its glimpses only to those not in position to look too close.”
  • Richard Whately
    “In our judgment of human transactions, the law of optics is reversed, we see most dimly the objects which are close around us.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “I can't do with mountains at close quarters -- they are always in the way, and they are so stupid, never moving and never doing anything but obtrude themselves.”


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


In literature:

She was more than an hour gone, and when she returned, the winter's day had all but closed in.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Them two or three scouts shows the devils are closing in.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Close in on enemy as much as possible before opening fire.= The deployment having been made, the firing line advances without firing.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The ice seemed to close in more and more every moment.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
The river was close in front and only thinly frozen yet, but he drove his heels home again.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
He felt very tired; so he sat down under the tree, and very soon began to nod, then his eyes closed in sleep.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
He resigned his directorship of the institution in 1778, and it was finally closed in 1793.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The door thunked open, as he went through, and barely closed in Poli's face.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
At the close of a wearisome day in the train they reached London, and drove at once to the General's lodgings in Great James Street.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
They had three cabs and two big closed-in vehicles.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
She heard a yell behind her, glanced back and saw that the three Ironwoods were sweeping behind her, closing in together.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
A circle of grimacing dark faces painted with yellow and black stripes closed in on him.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
As the herds closed in, the green range itself seemed to be moving.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Wrap each in a vine leaf, and pack them close in a nice saucepan: when full, pour in as much water as will cover them.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
This plant resembles the Plum mushroom, C. prunulus, very closely in appearance, taste and odor, but it is considerably smaller.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Then the silence closed in upon them once again.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
It must do above an hour, covered close in a pot of boiling water.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Benda came close to him, linked arms and led him to a broad vacant lawn in the park.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
In spite of their effort, darkness closed in on them.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
But the clerk lay quite still in the short grass, and with blinking half-closed eyes gazed up into the summer sky.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein

In poetry:

But fruits will be gathered
Ere autumn shall close;
Then, where in her pride
May the dew-drop repose?
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
I know that in thy breast,
A serpent closely lurking,
Forbids thee e'er to rest,
Thy utter ruin working.
"Though Thou Wast Passing Fair" by James Avis Bartley
Blossoms of blue will close
After the ships are gone,
Drinking the dew in a doze
Under the dark till the dawn.
"Sundown" by Thomas MacDonagh
Close against her heaving breast
Something in her hand is pressed;
Like an icicle, its sheen
Is cold and keen.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf VIII. -- Gudrun" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Darkness shuts in and closes,
There are three ghosts
Different in one clump of hedge roses
And a threat in posts.
"Darkness Has Cheating Swiftness" by Ivor Gurney
If heard in close or meadow plots
It flies if we pursue
But follows if we notice not
The close and meadow through
"The Landrail" by John Clare

In news:

Water in Westport Harbor was high and splashing as Hurrican Sandy closed in.
With Texas Tech closing in on its replacement for Tommy Tuberville, who abruptly left the Red Raiders for Cincinnati, it appears the Red Raiders aren't looking too far in their search.
The plant in the Steele County community of Owatonna employs about 100 and will close in March 2013.
The plant in the Steele County community of Owatonna (oh-wah-TON'-ah) employs about 100 and will close in March 2013.
Cisco said the acquisition of Meraki, which was founded in 2006 by members of MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science, is expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco 's 2013 fiscal year and is subject to regulatory approval.
In the Near East, the Ottomans were closing in on Constantinople.
About one in six existing city public schools would close in June under a proposal presented by Superintendent William R Hite Jr Thursday.
Yankees prevail in extras, close in on division crown.
Excessive heat warning in effect, summer programs closed in Flint.
Smith Road closed in both directions at Route 80 in Parsippany.
NJ Turnpike closed in both directions by dump truck fire in Mercer County.
One in six UK charities questioned for a survey say they fear they may have to close in 2013 due to public spending cuts and falling donations, the Charities Aid Foundation has said.
Without a cash infusion, the center could close in January, Talabi said in an e-mail Friday to the Free Press.
School conceived in idealism, closed in sadness.
Republicans are living in a delusional world, and the facts are closing in on them.

In science:

The Brγ 2.166µ and HeI2.058µ, in particular, so close in λ that differential extinction is negligible, constrain the underline ionization spectrum.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Since the set {x} is open and closed in X , the same is true, by (i), for its closure {x} in ˆX .
On Cebotarev sets
It is natural to seek to analyze such closeness in terms of a distance function between models. A first attempt was made by Becher in [Bec95], in view of comparing revision and update in a unified setting.
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
Since the numbers of spins in the two sublattices are the same, the number of F and AF bonds become very close in the low-energy limit.
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders
Loosely speaking, either the product of two random elements of A “escapes” from the set A, or else A must be a “fuzzy subgroup” of G in the sense that A is close in probability to some subgroup of G.
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
We found that this algebra is gauge invariant, but in general not closed in the sense of a super Lie algebra, if we treat Aα as some fixed superfield.
Generalized Noncommutative Supersymmetry from a New Gauge Symmetry
If y ′′ (cid:23) (y , y ′ ) then yU (Φ− ∩ y−1Φ+ ) · X≤y′ ⊂ X≤y′′ . (iv) X≤w ⊂ wX , wX = Sw ′≤w X w ′ , and X = Sw∈W X w . (v) U w , w X are open in X ; Xy , X w are local ly closed in X ; X≤y is projective.
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
Thus Z≤y is closed in T 2 and Zy is open in Z≤y , because the sets V w with w ∈ W form an open covering of T .
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
Let D ⊂ A be a closed ≤y is closed in w ′ T a × w T a , and q13 restricts to a proper map subgroup.
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
If the action of G on X is stable, then we can choose an open G-invariant subset U ∈ X such that all orbits in U are closed in X .
Hermitian Characteristics of Nilpotent Elements
Let {ωr = A} denote the event that al l the edges in EA are open in ω and al l the edges in BA are closed in ω .
The speed of biased random walk on percolation clusters
The complement of the accessible perimeter in the hull is made of deep fjords, which do close in the scaling limit and are not probed by the harmonic measure.
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
This can be directly understood in terms of the singly connected sites (or bonds) where fjords close in the scaling limit.
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
Now we show that the shadow of an internal closed subset of ∗X is not always closed in X .
Elements of Nonstandard Algebraic Geometry
Obviously oBM = N which is not closed in A1 C . A better deal is to consider closed subsets of ∗XC .
Elements of Nonstandard Algebraic Geometry