cheek by jowl
  1. In very close physical proximity, crowded together.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 17, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      Wee see Merchants, countrey-Justices, and Artificers to march cheeke by joll with our Nobilitie, in valour, and militarie discipline.
    • 2012, Helen Pidd, The Guardian, 8 April:
      he had made his peace with the idea of spending half-term cheek-by-jowl on a cruise ship with the world's biggest Titanic enthusiasts.
  2. (by extension) In very close or intimate association.

cheek by jowl

  1. Tightly packed.

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