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block off

To prevent access to a particular area or thing. We had to block off that section of the restaurant for a private party. I had to take a detour on my way home because the water department blocked off a bunch of streets.
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block something off

to prevent movement through something by putting up a barrier; to close a passageway. Sam blocked the corridor off with a row of chairs. He used some chairs to block off the hallway.
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References in classic literature ?
They held the shale- sprinkled grass for an hour, swept round the shoulder of an immortal cliff, and climbed into a new country entirely blocked off from all sight of Chini valley.
Police blocked off a lane of Gower Road inUplands, near the junction with Hawthorne Avenue.
WITH reference to the Daily Post dated Friday December 22 2017 and to an article on page 12 'Street blocked off with bins to stop parents dropping kids at school.
Another neighbour described hearing four 'loud bangs' before officers blocked off nearby Angle Terrace with cars and vans.
They were part of a group of travellers who blocked off Little Church Street close to the town centre on Thursday afternoon.
The road was partially blocked off as police and the fire brigade attended the scene.
The security forces blocked off roads leading to Tahrir Square in central Baghdad by concrete blocks and barbed wire.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli police on Monday blocked off with metal bars the house of a Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, during a raid on the neighborhood of Sur Baher in Jerusalem.
TIME has finally been called on a Liverpool city centre bus stop blocked off by hoardings for almost a decade.
Summary: Protesters blocked off once more the entrance to the Nmeh landfill Tuesday evening after authorities failed to announce the permanent closure of the site by the 6 p.
Emergency crews are on the scene and have blocked off surrounding roads, local media outlets report.
Staff members blocked off the concourses at the Bicentennial Center as the tiger wandered into the bathroom, where one of the doors was blockaded.
Summary: Baghdad: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki accused anti-government protestors who have blocked off a .
Thousands of police, including hundreds of riot police and special units, were mobilised in the capital, while traffic on all major routes leading to the parade area was blocked off.