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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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Area cordoned off The incident caused major traffic delays in the area throughout the morning and into the early afternoon, with a police cordon partially blocking off Ketley Brook roundabout.
Lovat, has been accused of blocking off a walk through a Highlands beauty spot because thousands of acres are not enough for one man.
These idling trains act as a barrier, completely cutting off this community for hours at a time and blocking off the closest fire department and school from residents, said Senator Schumer.
A 16-year-old boy was among five people arrested after blocking off a street in Rugby.
The reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / said: "The blocking off included all roads leading to Tahrir Square from all sides, including Jumhouriah and Sinak bridges, while the nearby areas saw widespread for forces security enhanced by vehicles, in anticipation of the start of a demonstration in the square "./ End
He added: "There was a standard patrol car blocking off the road at the Cardiff Bay end but there was no blocking off of the pavement so people were still walking by.
Inside the settlement, all of the Palestinian shops are closed and many tagged with Stars of David, and Palestinians without a special permit are not allowed to walk around."Here is policy of apartheid against Palestinians, and the whole world can see," said Amro, pointing to the soldiers blocking off the street.
Eugene police on Sunday removed a device resembling a pipe bomb from a house in the Whiteaker neighborhood, after evacuating residents and temporarily blocking off streets.
MOUNTED police officers used a horse box for a "low-speed chase" before blocking off a motorist attempting a quick getaway.
This should be paid for by the person responsible for blocking off the harbour.
Coun Dixon added: "Blocking off Girton Road will have a massive impact on the lives of residents who are quite rightly fed up with inconsiderate motorists illegally using it as a rat run."
Companies who put the public in danger by blocking off footpaths were warned they faced severe penalties yesterday.
By blocking off the view of the ugly structure, it will lessen the degree of danger it brings.
However, concerns have been raised that blocking off alleys does not cut crime, just displaces it.
Traders on busy Bradford Road thought they had won a victory when Kirklees Council adjusted barriers which had been blocking off access to their shops.