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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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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 ".
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.
This should be paid for by the person responsible for blocking off the harbour.
Companies who put the public in danger by blocking off footpaths were warned they faced severe penalties yesterday.
New security measures: Wazzu officials announced a change in postgame procedures, blocking off the walkway the visiting team uses to get to the locker room, which is a couple of hundred yards away from the field.
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.
Many other cities had already fallen to King Sancheriv, but the Prophet Yishayahu has told the people to trust in Hashem, but the powerful enemy could drive the city to surrender by simply blocking off the water supply of the Jews.
Blocking off veins (ligation) can reduce the leakage of blood that diminishes the rigidity of the penis during erection.
We thought that we had an advantage (being older and wiser), but they had some tactics of their own--like blocking off certain parts of the ship by standing on the edge of the deck.
The system enables an individual cavity to be shut off by blocking off the hole.
Residents are complaining about new walls blocking off their view, and non-conformance has caused map processing to be stalled indefinitely, resulting in increasing anxiety on the part of developers.