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close out

1. verb To prevent from entering a certain place or area. A noun or pronoun can be used between "close" and "out." Keep that door shut—I'm trying to close out the bugs.
2. verb To sell the remaining inventory of an item that will not be restocked. A noun or pronoun can be used between "close" and "out." We need close out this model of TV, so we're offering a deep discount.
3. verb To end the registration period for something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "close" and "out." I'm sorry, so many people signed up for the workshop that we had to close it out.
4. verb To exclude one from something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "close" and "out." I'm in this relationship too, so stop closing me out of decisions. Unfortunately, we got to the studio late and were closed out of the class.
5. verb To bring about the end of something; to conclude something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "close" and "out." If the home team wins tonight, they can close out this playoff series and move on to the next round.
6. verb To discontinue something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "close" and "out." What steps do I have to take to close out my account with your bank?
7. adjective A sale of the remaining inventory of an item that will not be restocked, usually at a significant discount. In this usage, the phrase is typically hyphenated or written as one word. I bought so many things because the store was having a big close-out sale.
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close something out

 
1. to sell off a particular kind of merchandise with the intention of not selling it in the future. These are not selling. Let's close them out. They closed out all of last season's merchandise.
2. to prevent further registration in something. We are going to have to close this class out. The registrar closed out the class.
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close out

1. Also, close something out. Dispose of a stock of goods; end a business. For example, We are closing out all our china, or They've decided to close out their downtown branch. This expression is most often used in business and commerce but occasionally refers to other matters. [Late 1800s]
2. close someone out. Prevent someone's entry or inclusion, as in No one will tell us about the merger-we've been closed out. [Second half of 1900s]
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close out

v.
1. To block someone or something from entering some place: I shut the windows to close out the light. The management closed the striking union out from the factory.
2. To refuse to include someone in a group or activity: The tour guide had to close out many people who wanted to come on the trip because the bus was full. The school closed me out of the class because I registered too late.
3. To discontinue the sale of some merchandise: The store is closing out its old line of hiking boots, so they're on sale. This is a good brand of refrigerator, so buy one before the store closes them out.
4. To terminate something, as a business or an account, by disposing of all its assets: She opened a new bank account and closed out the old one. He closed his savings account out and bought a new car.
5. To bring some activity to an end: This performance will close out our program for the evening. Just when we thought the tennis match might go to a third set, one of the players closed it out with two aces.
See also: close, out