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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
References in classic literature ?
But only ten days after she had joined, Marija's canning factory closed down, and that blow quite staggered them.
Barunda and Ninaka urged their men on, with brief rests, all day, nor did they halt even after night had closed down upon the river.
At three in the afternoon, as the Arctic night closed down, he caught his first sight of the head of the lake, and with the first stars took his bearings.
The Nazmeen Ittehad, a grouping of the village and neighborhood council nazims, had warned that the offices of all local bodies in Mansehra district would be closed down and street protests would be staged if development and non-development funds of the current and previous financial years were not released by Feb 1.
The statement is designed to set the stage for the institution to be totally closed down.
30-1/4 a bushel, having closed down 1 percent on Wednesday when prices hit a low of $4.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has said that it has closed down a bank after it became insolvent.
When she got older and became more active in promoting animal welfare, it became her missions to have the show closed down.
These included Dixons Carphone, Hammerson and Prudential which closed down 3.
Summary: The Health Ministry Monday closed down two drinking water distribution companies in south Lebanon, days after announcing a joint campaign with the Industry Ministry to clamp down on unlicensed and unsanitary companies.
Activist Sultan Al-Harithi said that the campaign closed down more than 300 accounts that were deemed to be promoting the terror organization.
The editor in chief of the paper, Nhial Bol Aken, told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that the management has decided to shut down because it was unable to raise resources to pay the staff after the authorities have closed down the paper earlier this month.
Following claims on Twitter by a government whistleblower who tweets using the pseudonym Fuat Avni that the CHP will be closed down, CHP leader Kemal Kylycdaroy-lu said on Wednesday that he is aware of the government's plans to close the party and has vowed to take legal action against those responsible.
The airline was officially closed down on Friday after the European Competition Commission ruled that government handouts to the airline were illegal and e1/466 million of them had to be repaid.
Khudari added that closing the Gaza crossing is one of the most dangerous and harmful for the Palestinian exonomy, since the Israeli occupation already entirely closed down the crossings of Al-Mintar, Al-Shijaiyya and Sooqa, and opened a partial crossing for goods and people, banning exportation and controlling importation.