cut off from the (outside) world

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cut off from the (outside) world

1. Literally, completely separated from people outside of a given group or space. Prison inmates, especially those in solitary confinement, face an extraordinary pressure on their psyche from being cut off from the outside world for so long. The tiny rural village, cut off from the world up in the mountains, developed a dialect and manner totally unique from the rest of the region.
2. Figuratively, isolated from broad and/or meaningful outside engagement or interaction. Their research, while promising, is flawed in that it is cut off from the outside world, so its effects on the greater population are only speculative at best. Art—good art, anyway—is never cut off from the world; it is totally enmeshed in the people and culture around it.
See also: cut, off, world
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Women and children struggled to survive in the ruins of the camp cut off from the outside world by the Israeli army as it crushed Palestinian militants.
They will be cut off from the outside world and cameras will watch their every move, even at night.
Now fiction is becoming reality as Channel 4 prepares to launch a nationwide hunt for volunteers prepared to live cut off from the outside world for 70 days while their every move is captured on TV and the internet.
The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR has said Saada city is practically cut off from the outside world, and called for humanitarian corridors to allow people out and aid in.
I prefer the dining room upstairs, as it seems a little more intimate and cut off from the outside world.
Unfortunately, the batteries of the hearing aid have run out, the Balata Refugee Camp has been cut off from the outside world.
The good news is that the fine people of Marsden, who are used to extremes in the weather, have agreed to hold survival classes to show the rest of us how to cope with deep frost thrombosis, heavy duty snow and being cut off from the outside world.
Like them, we're cut off from the outside world, with only these two men for company.
When Alistair arrived he was cut off from the outside world and wept during one show when he revealed he was missing mum Barbara.
One Royal Marine, in Kuwait for six weeks, wrote: ``We are a very small unit almost cut off from the outside world .
The exclusive ski resorts of Zuers and Lech, 240 miles west of Vienna, were cut off from the outside world when approach roads were closed due to the danger of an avalanche.
The 14 housemates will be cut off from the outside world as they play for the pounds 100,000 prize.
I'M down in Brighton, cut off from the outside world by a ring of steel, realising that the Labour Party conference is about as pointless as a surfboard in an ice rink.
Cut off from the outside world, the kids face a tough, no-nonsense regime where they are expected to hike every day, set up their own camp, cook for themselves and cope with sub-zero temperatures.
Unlike Castaway 2000, the Channel 4 cameras followed every cough, spit and fumble of the ten Big Brother strangers thrown together in a specially constructed house and cut off from the outside world.