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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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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.
We had clearly made the altitude, so I shut it down 11 seconds early.
You could have a run-away reactor with no ability to shut it down.
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.
Shores took in 66 Audubon patients when the home closed in June after state and federal health regulators shut it down for poor care.
Under EPA school guidelines, if you find a single bulk sample over one percent you shut it down.
Then, after a day and a half of problems sustaining its power, the operators shut it down.
After I shut it down in the second round, I felt I had a good shot at a medal.
The only way you could make it 100 percent safe is to shut it down.
COC has a short-term battery backup for the computer system that allows the school to shut it down properly if power goes out.
Now is the moment to show exactly how false these stereotypes are by forcefully denouncing the very idea of ``sexual encounter clubs,'' gay or straight, and insist that city government shut it down immediately.
Now the city is in the process of spending an additional $2 million, replowing the same legal turf in a politically inspired drive to fulfill campaign promises made two years ago to a relative handful of noisy supporters - that the city will take control of the airport or shut it down.