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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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close something down and shut something down

to make something stop operating; to put something out of business. The police closed the illegal casino down. The manager shut down the factory for the holidays.
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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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"ere was an issue with a turbine so they shut it down."
By the time AIDS and battle fatigue shut it down, Theatre-in-Limbo had killed in such Busch extravaganzas as Theodora, She-Bitch of Byzantium; Psycho Beach Party; Vampire Lesbians of Sodom; The Lady in Question; and Red Scare on Sunset.
"The first sign is always financial performance and if that starts to deteriorate, you have to look at whether you shut it down or do something else," he said.
"You could have a run-away reactor with no ability to shut it down." Brown blames the NRC, which he says has a history of treating "fire safety in such a negligent way."
Any kind or loud noise or disturbance, any kind of punk rock gathering, they're going to shut it down. We've had a real hard time keeping venues here for bands to play shows and it's a bummer.
If a charter school fails to achieve its promise of better results, its school district has the power--increasingly acted upon--to shut it down. Washington, D.C., has shut down a total of seven charter schools to date.
But Camp Gaea's neighbors petitioned the county to shut it down, which meant a unanimous vote was required to renew.
Shores took in 66 Audubon patients when the home closed in June after state and federal health regulators shut it down for poor care.
But eventually, he said, "The traffic was enormous and it was becoming a problem, so they shut it down and didn't let people go on it," locking the door to the setback where the sculpture is located.
Under EPA school guidelines, if you find a single bulk sample over one percent you shut it down. The EPA kept us working.
Then, after a day and a half of problems sustaining its power, the operators shut it down. Analysis showed the reactor was "less reactive" than anticipated owing to a buildup of neutron-absorbing helium-3.
The EPA agent said, "Shut it down or I'll arrest you," and called the police.