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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 ?
I see the fog closing down, and it made me so sick and scared I couldn't budge for most a half a minute it seemed to me -- and then there warn't no raft in sight; you couldn't see twenty yards.
As the dusk was closing down, they drove on to Lesser Hill, Mr.
It had been a day of wild November wind, closing down into a wet, eerie twilight.
Sometimes, as the road was cut through the pine woods that seemed in the darkness to be closing down upon us, great masses of greyness which here and there bestrewed the trees, produced a peculiarly weird and solemn effect, which carried on the thoughts and grim fancies engendered earlier in the evening, when the falling sunset threw into strange relief the ghost-like clouds which amongst the Carpathians seem to wind ceaselessly through the valleys.
The door of the rock is closing down slowly; it is not three feet from the floor.
It was like an invisible curtain closing down upon every side.
Office-bearers of the private schools in cantonment board said that government could not practically implement to raise literacy rate upto 100 till 2025 by closing down private educational institutions working from decades in the sensitive areas.
The firm is closing down the branches because customer footfall has dropped significantly.
Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco is more than happy to know that the Ringling Brothers' circus, "The Greatest Show on Earth," is finally closing down.
KARACHI -- PIA has denied media reports regarding laying off of 30 percent PIA employees as a result of closing down of airline's town offices.
UAE brand The Change Initiative is closing down after four years of operations.
We don't know when it would be opened because the authorities gave us an indefinite notice closing down the paper," he said.
The government ought to tell the people know how many tens of millions it will be paying in subsidies to Ryan Air after the closing down of CY," Lillikas said.
According to EuzgE-r-Der, closing down the prep course schools on the grounds that they are parallel educational institutions to state schools means failing to see that the state's school system is unable to provide a quality education to students.