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wall someone or something off

to separate or segregate someone or something by building a wall. She sat right across from me at her desk, listening to every phone call I made. Finally, the manager walled her off so we now can carry on our business in privacy. They walled off the south door to the building.
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wall something off (from someone or something)

to deny access to an area by building a wall as a barrier. The manager was told to wall the incinerator area off from the machinery area. Please wall off the incinerator area.
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wall off

To divide or separate something with or as if with a wall: We walled off part of the room. The school walled the students off from the outside world.
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Ultimately, for all the talk about sending messages to people who are positive, the real message of criminalization laws may be to everyone else: this troubling and complicated epidemic isn't your problem, it's that of monstrous outsiders who we can simply wall off from regular folks' lives.
As New York Times columnist David Brooks recently reminded us, if there is a silver lining in the aftermath of Katrina, it is that we have an opportunity to leverage the attention and investment that the region is receiving to help rebuild stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive communities--communities with a more equitable mix of incomes, that don't wall off large segments of the population in areas of concentrated poverty, and that provide a broader range of opportunities to residents.
Cohen once disguised a wall off a dining room by embedding lighted wine bottles into it.
The boy's mother was joined by regulars at the Old Bear, in Kidderminster, in the rescue operation as they battled to shift the three-foot wall off the boy.
The blocking assignments are designed simply to wall off the playside defenders and prevent them from pursuing.
The island offers world-class golf, stylish restaurants, deluxe spas, and one-of-a-kind natural wonders by land and sea such as El Yunque and the black coral wall off the coast of La Parguera.
When we react, the first action is to wall off the problem, to categorize it.
And it appears that both the Administration and the Congress have wisely chosen to wall off the bulk of the unified budget surpluses projected for the next several years and allow it to build.
This concentration will wall off enormous areas of economic decision-making from any kind of democratic input or accountability.
When we put the fungus in one part of a mound only, the termites wall off this area and do not enter it.
They won't wall off Europe, but they will insist that trade partners accept certain minimal standards regarding child labor, wages, and the rights of labor to organize.
She toys with remaining with him, but realizes she won't, but that when she returns to her husband, "There's a comer of herself she'll have to wall off.
Externally, the sheer glass wall off the courtyard comes as something of a rude shock.
Vistaprint, online print shop with its registered office in the Bahamas, wanted to wall off its own market with Patent No.
City councillor Maire Hendron said the image, on a gable wall off the Woodstock Road in East Belfast, is "another backward step".