cordon off


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cordon something off

to mark off an area where people should not go with a rope, tape, ribbon, etc. The police cordoned the scene of the crime off, and we could not even get close. They cordoned off the area.
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POLICE were forced to cordon off part of St Mary Street in Cardiff yesterday after stonework fell from the wall of a city nightclub.
Due to the one-way system it was necessary to cordon off the area.
crime scene Police cordon off Tower News following the attempted robbery in Acre Street, Lindley, today
CRASH: Police cordon off Princes Avenue in Toxteth following a collision involving a motorbike
A PANE of glass in the roof of Coventry's West Orchards Shopping Centre smashed yesterday forcing staff to cordon off part of the ground floor atrium.
Due to the one-way system it was necessary to cordon off the area, which meant diverting traffic around the leak to keep traffic flowing.