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    Question about " come close to "

    What does " come close to " mean here? Thank you!

    BILLY [OS]
    Deep background. Iím not going to come close to using your name.

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    Lightbulb Re: about " come close to "

    Quote Originally Posted by english-learner
    What does " come close to " mean here? Thank you!

    BILLY [OS]
    Deep background. Iím not going to come close to using your name.
    The character's opening remark, "Deep background," suggests that he is involved in a situation of keeping secrets about the details of people's lives: where they live, their identification numbers, family members, financial history, etc.. In this context, "come close to" is an idiom that means Billy will be very cautious not to use the other person's name or take any other action that will risk endangering him (or her) by revealing a hidden identity. Depending on the story you're reading, Billy might be protecting himself by not revealing a source of information or another person.

    Hope I helped!

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