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close down

1. To cease business operations for any length of time (often permanently). I loved that restaurant, so I'm very disappointed that it closed down. That shop always closes down for two weeks in the summer to accommodate the owner's vacation.
2. To force a business to cease operations. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "close" and "down." After a thorough investigation, the police were finally able to close the shop down for money laundering.
See also: close, down

close someone or something down

to force someone or someone's business, office, shop, etc., to close permanently or temporarily. The health department closed the restaurant down. They closed down the same place last year, too.
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close down

 and shut down
[for someone] to close a business, office, shop, etc., permanently or temporarily. This shop will have to close down if they raise taxes. The fire department closed down all the stores on the block because of the gas leak.
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close down

1. Also, close one's doors; shut down. Go out of business, end operations. For example, If the rent goes up we'll have to close down, or After fifty years in business the store finally closed its doors, or The warehouse had a clearance sale the month before it shut down for good. Also see close up, def. 2.
2. Force someone to go out of business, as in The police raided the porn shop and closed it down. Both usages date from the early 1900s, but shut down was first recorded in 1877.
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close down

v.
1. To stop operating permanently or for an extended period of time. Used especially of businesses: After decades of serving the community, the gymnasium closed down.
2. To force someone or something, as a business, to stop operating: The cops closed down our poker game. I'd like to keep the shop running, but the recession will probably close my business down.
See also: close, down
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Such statements include comments regarding the anticipated implementation of a program to stop illegal mining on the Company's Prestea property, the May 31, 2005, deadline to cease illegal mining in the Prestea area, anticipated action by Ghana security forces to close down illegal mining operations and effects of illegal mining operations.
Westpac Bank (NYSE: WBK) has said that it has plans to close down branches in Victoria and Western Australia.
The media house was forced to close down by government security operatives, accusing it of publishing stories that were seen to be anti-government.
The government, in a surprise move, decided in November of last year to close down the exam prep schools, stirring a massive public debate.
BEIRUT: Hilton International denied Thursday media reports that it intends to close down one of its Beirut hotels, reassuring that its two partner companies in Lebanon are fully operational.
Banks, which were asked to close down their Islamic banking operations by December 31, may ask for an extension to liquidate those operations.
The Danish meat group Danish Crown has reportedly decided that it would close down its slaughterhouse in Hjorring, cutting some 500 jobs.
There had been reports that LAPD officials were advising business leaders to close down for the week of the convention and to be prepared to board up windows as well as keeping supplies on hand in the event the downtown area had to be closed down.
Global Banking News-January 23, 2015--Credit Suisse to close down managed lending business
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The Freedom Association (EuzgE-r-Der) has gotten on the bandwagon to express its concerns about the government's plans to close down private preparatory course institutions that assist students preparing for high school admission exams, warning that such a move might make the education system even more chaotic.
Summary: The foundation stone for Sidon's maritime barrier will be laid Thursday, paving the way for a project to close down the city's notorious dump and end some 40 years of environmental degradation.
The Norwegian energy and materials group Norsk Hydro ASA said on Friday (18 June) that the board of directors in Hydro Aluminium Motorcast Ltd (HA Motorcast) in Leeds in the United Kingdom had made a final decision to close down the plant, affecting 580 employees.
Unfortunately, Governor Peter simply doesn't realize that the only state program successfully helping children and teens in our entire state is the one he wants to close down.
WITH little economic news flow, the FTSE 100 lost ground particularly towards the later part of the day, to close down 36 points at 6523.