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shut down

1. verb To cease business operations for any length of time (often permanently). I loved that restaurant, so I'm very disappointed that it shut down. That shop always shuts down for two weeks in the summer to accommodate the owner's vacation.
2. verb To force a business to cease operations. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "shut" and "down." After a thorough investigation, the police were finally able to shut the shop down for money laundering.
3. verb To turn off a computer or other machine. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "shut" and "down." Everyone, be sure to shut down your computers before you leave the office today. Mom sent me to shut down the dryer because it was too noisy.
4. verb To reject, strongly discourage, or prevent one from continuing with one's course of action. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "shut" and "down." Man, I tried to talk to that pretty girl, and she totally shut me down! The judge shut down that line of questioning right quick. This tenacious defense has completely shut down the defending champions.
5. noun A period during which operations cease (usually temporarily). In this usage, the phrase is often written as one word. Congress was able to reach a compromise to avoid a government shutdown.
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shut down

1. See close down, def. 1.
2. Stop or switch off machinery, as in They shut down all the machines for one week a year. [Late 1800s]
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shut down

v.
1. To stop the operation of something, especially when a special process is required: The inspectors shut down the restaurant when they found a rat in the kitchen. I shut the computers down every night.
2. To stop operating, especially when a special process is required: The factory shut down for the holiday.
See also: down, shut
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Burke said the supervisors will have to make hard decisions Wednesday that involve converting hospitals into outpatient clinics, closing health clinics and shutting down or reducing library hours.
The City Council will hold a special closed-door meeting today to discuss the ways to keep the Santa Clarita Metrolink Station from shutting down.
stated, "I would like to thank Melvin O'Neil for taking the necessary steps in shutting down our Message Board.
On Monday and Tuesday, the Lancaster campus reduced power by shutting down the air conditioning and turning off computers and lights, although offices remained open and classes continued.
Now financial institutions need to be ready and equipped to deal with the task of locating and shutting down multiple sites that are hosted in a number of locations.
The shutting down of stations is coordinated with central dispatch, said Deputy Chief Dave Thompson, head of the Bureau of Emergency Services, to ensure that there are not huge gaps across the city that would make it more difficult for firefighters or paramedics to respond to calls.
By shutting down carbon fiber research and applications development, annual after-tax operating expenses will be reduced by approximately $25 million.
Thus, shutting down the subway would free up funds to transport three times as many passengers by bus.
Starwalt noted that by shutting down the program, the state would only be facing additional expenses in the future.
The crew of the hobbled Mir deepened their own trouble Thursday with a very down-to-earth error, pulling the wrong plug and shutting down most of the space station's already disabled power system.
Identify main shut-offs and procedures for shutting down and starting up.
Without a break in the logjam or some emergency funding measure, courts could begin shutting down later this month, George said in his afternoon speech to a joint session of the Legislature.
Internet companies that launched with lots of excitement and venture capital several years ago are now shutting down or struggling to survive," said Joseph Shieh, founder of ValleyJobs.