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shut off

1. verb To stop operating; to turn off. The phone shuts off after a few moments of inactivity to save its battery. The generator has a sensor so that it will shut off by itself if it begins to overheat.
2. verb To disactivate something; to turn something off. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shut" and "off." You can use my computer, just shut it off when you're done. We'll have to shut off the water main to repair the pipes.
3. verb To isolate someone, something, or oneself. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shut" and "off." I'm worried about Jim—he's been shutting himself off lately. The other directors shut him off from the board meetings as a result of his inflammatory remarks.
4. adjective Isolated; unable to be reached or contacted. The resort is completely shut off from the outside world—no Internet, no TV, no nothing. My cubicle is the only one on this side of the floor, off so I feel really shut from the rest of the office.
See also: off, shut

shut off

1. Stop the flow or passage of, as in They shut off the water while repairs were being made. [Early 1800s]
2. Close off, isolate, as in Loners shut themselves off from the community. [First half of 1800s]
See also: off, shut

shut off

v.
1. To stop the flow, passage, or operation of something: The plumber shut off the water by closing a valve. Shut the lights off before you leave.
2. To stop flowing or operating, especially automatically: The electricity shuts off at midnight.
3. To isolate someone or something: The miser shut himself off from the community.
See also: off, shut
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This would allow a user to quickly shut off the water supply in case the basic flush valve mechanism failed.
She said: "My neighbour came round to tell me to shut off the gas and then we went round the doors telling people to shut off their gas.
They agreed we could shut off the water, the power and the air conditioning and we didn't give them any cleaning services," Ward said, adding that the owners refused to shut off the elevator for life-safety reasons.
As New Jersey American Water methodically restores water service on Ocean County's north barrier island, customers there should ensure that their home's water is turned off at the building's main shut off valve.
District Court this week accuses the Lake County sheriffs office of violating inmates rights when it shut off the water last month at the jail in Waukegan to do work on the water system.
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William Goolishian, business manager for the Worcester Water Department, said the city shut off water at 107 vacant houses in 2008.
I cannot get the supply valve to shut off completely.
Seems to me that a red indicator would reset itself when the generator is shut off.
Frustrated with Californians' reluctance to conserve in times of energy crisis, Southern California Edison has resorted to a futuristic mouthpiece to get them to shut off the electricity.
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If you've never shut off the main water valve before, test it before you leave on vacation.