close to home

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close to home (comparative closer to home, superlative closest to home)

  1. (idiomatic) Affecting people close to, or within, one's family circle.
    • 1985, Johnny Marr, Morrissey (lyrics and music), “That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore”, in Meat is Murder, performed by The Smiths:
      [] when you laugh about people who feel so very lonely / [] I wish I could laugh / but that joke isn't funny anymore / it's too close to home / and it's too near the bone
    It's only when an accident comes close to home that you realise how devastating it can be.