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cordon bleu

1. noun One who has earned the highest distinction in one's field, especially a chef. After studying with master chefs in France, Betty became a cordon bleu herself.
2. adjective Of the highest distinction in one's field. After studying with master chefs in France, Betty became a cordon bleu chef herself.
3. adjective Of food that has been prepared to the highest standard. At a five-star restaurant like that, you're guaranteed to get a cordon bleu dish.
4. adjective Stuffed with ham and cheese and then fried, as in the dish chicken cordon bleu. You don't need to make me a fancy dish like chicken cordon bleu—I'm fine with chicken nuggets!
See also: cordon

cordon off

To restrict access to a particular area by using a rope, tape, or other means. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cordon" and "off" or after "off." That section of the restaurant has been cordoned off for a private party.
See also: cordon, off

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.
See also: cordon, off
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Considering this scale in the center of any city, the enormous difficulties encountered with pre-bomb cordons become apparent.
Damage from bomb explosions usually covers a vast area, necessitating both inner and outer cordons.
Indeed, in the zone between the inner and outer cordons, i.
The court was shown footage of a cordon of officers moving from the Kop end of the pitch to the halfway line between 3.
The court heard Inspector Brian Wallace was initially in a cordon in front of the North Stand of the Sheffield Wednesday ground and then moved to join officers across the halfway line.
The cordon was eventually lifted almost three hours later.
Police can set up a cordon and require people to leave an area if they have found a suspect package or if they need to investigate possible terrorism offences.
Police put up a cordon after a bomb hoax on Woodbine Street in Kirkdale in January
He described two police barriers on the approach to the stadium in 1988 and said he was asked to show his ticket at both cordons.
Retired police officer David Kozieja told the court he had formed part of cordons in 1988.
But police officer Nicholas Lynskey, who was stationed on the turnstiles in 1988, said he had no recollection of any filter cordons.
Counsel to the inquests Jonathan Hough said footage from a police fixed point camera showed the road and no obvious cordon.
One said: ``We could not get near because of all the police cordons.
Residents living along the residential street were advised to leave their homes, and were unable to cross the cordon.
Traffic, meanwhile, was turned back from the estate as a police cordon was put in place on Reginald Road from the junction at Leach Lane up to the junction at Helena Road.