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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.
Most everything was blocked off and there was no way I could walk up to the actual fire.
Concerns for a woman's safety led to trains being delayed and diverted and a road near Wishaw hospital being blocked off by police on Friday night.
VIDEO footage has emerged showing police trying to stop a stolen car which was being driven at speed down a blocked off Wind Street in Swansea.
He has allegedly removed a car park near Lovat Bridge, blocked off lay-bys with boulders and started placing unofficial parking tickets on cars parked in the area.
BIN lorries and police blocked off a supermarket car park ahead of a planned car meet nearby.
THIS is the huge horse chestnut tree that fell and blocked off a Liverpool road amid the stormy weather yesterday morning.
TAKE Back The City protesters brought chaos to Dublin yesterday as they blocked off part of O'Connell Bridge in an attempt to "shut down the city".
Those drivers are furious, which is understandable when a route you have used for many years is suddenly blocked off. Not even blocked off, in fact, for the way through is tantalisingly visible, just the other side of a message on the road, a sign and a camera that's obviously in full working order.
CROWDS of Tommy Robinson supporters blocked off a major road in central London in a tense stand-off with police.
The A444 heading into town is blocked off by a police car.
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.