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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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He said: "This isn't about being anti-business, anti-enterprise, or about closing ourselves off to the rest of the world.
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker says the agreement "shows that closing ourselves off from the world is not good for business, nor for the global economy, nor for workers.
When we experience difficult emotions, we tend to distract ourselves from them, closing ourselves off to personal growth and connection with others.
Closing ourselves off in a Chavez-like system was not the way to go," said Claudio Mazzakalli, a 32-year-old locksmith, referring to Venezuela's former socialist president, Hugo Chavez.
With a bit of perspective we can see that we need up open up rather than closing ourselves off - it's a big, beautiful world out there and we have more in common than we realise.
Pope Francis told the youth in Rio that he wanted Catholics to get rid of this closing ourselves off within ourselves, in our parishes, schools, or structures.
I want to get rid of clericalism, the mundane, this closing ourselves off within ourselves in our parishes, schools or structures.
Scott Borgman, a member of the academy's staff, said, that an essential part of its mission is "creating dialogue with science and not closing ourselves off.
Moreover, by segregating honors education we run the risk of limiting our capacity for innovation, closing ourselves off from pedagogical approaches such as hybrid courses and distance education that diverge from classical educational models.
Closing ourselves off from what makes us great is a mistake.