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 Close as a Clam.Close-time for Game. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Close Rolls
are mandates, letters, and writs of a private nature, addressed, in the Sovereign’s name, to individuals and folded or closed and sealed on the outside with the Great Seal.   1
   Patent Rolls are left open, with the seal hanging from the bottom.   2

 Close as a Clam.Close-time for Game. 

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