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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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I feel we are all too ready to wear a uniform and close ourselves off to the possibility of other experiences.
It takes decades to grow our senior military leaders, and today, we can't afford to close ourselves off to anyone.
I think when we close ourselves off and we just keep to ourselves, we don't know other people's perspective on things," said Lynch.
As a society, we're all supposed to be horrified by the way we've come to close ourselves off from the world around us," he wrote.
We must not raise trade barriers and close ourselves off from the world; it would be a massive historical mistake for our country.
And for us to close ourselves off from that market would be a mistake,'' the president said.
We form our opinions based on how we grow up and the way we see things and all too often we close ourselves off to new experiences and discoveries.
3) Openness: In tough times, there is a tendency to turn inward, to close ourselves off.
The Scots are complicated people with their hang-ups and foibles and although we should never close ourselves off from other influences, perhaps it needs a Scot to understand Scots.
But what we shouldn't do is close ourselves off from the rest of the rugby world and forget what we have to learn from a different view of how the game is played.
If our public diplomacy efforts are to succeed, we cannot close ourselves off from the world.
Chief executive Matthew Barrett said: ``In a mature, fiercely competitive financial services market like ours,it would be a dereliction of our duty to close ourselves off from any talent pool.
But he stressed the value of all people and the vital need not to close ourselves off in narrow nationalisms.