close off

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Verb1.close off - stem the flow of; "shut off the gas when you leave for a vacation"
cease, discontinue, lay off, quit, stop, give up - put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother"
2.close off - isolate or separate; "She was shut off from the friends"
divide, separate - make a division or separation
curtain off - separate by means of a curtain
3.close off - block off the passage throughclose off - block off the passage through; "We shut off the valve"
barricade, block, block up, blockade, block off, bar, stop - render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"
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1. Not far from another in space, time, or relation:
2. Very closely associated:
Informal: thick.
Slang: tight.
Idiom: hand in glove with.
3. Having all parts near to each other:
4. Nearly equivalent or even:
5. Not deviating from correctness, accuracy, or completeness:
6. Affording little room for movement:
7. Oppressive due to a lack of fresh air:
1. To move (a door, for example) in order to cover an opening:
2. To plug up something, as a hole, space, or container:
3. To bring or come to a natural or proper end:
4. To come together:
phrasal verb
close in
To surround and advance upon:
phrasal verb
close off
To set apart from a group:
phrasal verb
close out
To get rid of completely by selling, especially in quantity or at a discount:
3. An area partially or entirely enclosed by walls or buildings:
To a point near in time, space, or relation:
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w>close off

vt sepabriegeln, (ab)sperren; (= separate off) area of office etcabteilen, abtrennen
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Since the trajectory also required close observation by military planes, it was more logical to close off a large area of ocean close to Taiwan to conduct the tests, commentators said.
Why then have we continued to close off our airspace for such flights indefinitely?
Grief affects people in different ways and, perhaps if he's quite a closed-off person as you describe, that's why he wants to "close off" the funeral and keep it private for him and other close members of the family.
Authorities were quick to arrive at the scene and close off the road as they commenced with clean-up operations, which took several hours.
PLANS to close off one of the busiest routes in and out of Nuneaton to repair potholes have been abandoned because of all of the roadworks in town.
Police close off part of the sliproad onto the M62 near the roundabout junction with Watkinson Way follow a suspected shooting in St Helens.
He noted that once they close off again the Asean lane as early as Suday morning, motorists could not use it since it would be difficult for them to funnel out the cars should a convoy pass by.
UNIVERSITY plans to close off a Jewellery Quarter street during the week "to protect students" have stalled.
| Police close off Dumfries Place and other main roads in the centre of Cardiff yesterday after a man was spotted
Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told CNN on Thursday that the decision to close off al-Aqsa Mosque was a "brazen challenge" and "grave behavior" that would lead to "further tensions and instability." Violence reached a new high late Wednesday, after a gunman on a motorcycle shot and seriously wounded Glick outside a conference promoting greater Jewish access to the holy site.
Onlooker Fred Brown said: "I heard all the emergency services going there and saw the police close off the road.
A spokesman said: "The organisers of another event were very sensible to close off Cader Idris.