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close off

1. To prevent access to a particular area or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "close" and "off." We had to close off that section of the restaurant for a private party. I had to take a detour on my way home because the water department closed off a bunch of streets.
2. To avoid emotional connection with others; to isolate. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun can be used between "close" and "off." Todd really closed himself off after his last break-up. I have a hard time making friends because I usually close myself off from other people.
3. To refuse to listen to viewpoints, ideas, or opinions that differ from one's own. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun can be used between "close" and "off." Grandpa, you can't just close yourself off to the ways of the modern world. Can you please listen to what I think, instead of automatically closing yourself off?
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close something off

to prevent entrance into something; to block something off. Please don't close this passageway off. They closed off the passageway anyway.
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close off

v.
To prevent passage along or through something: The police closed off the main avenue for a parade. Park rangers closed the lake off to motorboats.
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The abuse] made me close myself off and I had a few problems in school.
I don't want to close myself off and listen to music.
I don't want to close myself off from exploring those things onstage, although it's always a conversation with the dancer.
I'll never have closure on David because I'll never close myself off to David.
I have the need to be alone when I write, and I will and I do close myself off from friends, family and social gatherings if I think a great song is on its way," he writes, answering a follow-up question after the initial interview.
Something I have learnt to do is close myself off from the rest of the world.
I just close myself off in the same lodge I've written parts of my last eight or nine scripts in.
The woman who is recognized almost everywhere as the congressional voice of the rebellion says she has no present plans to run for higher office, but that she is "not going to close myself off to opportunities.
I just used to close myself off in my room and use the computer.