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close down

1. To cease business operations for any length of time (often permanently). I loved that restaurant, so I'm very disappointed that it closed down. That shop always closes down for two weeks in the summer to accommodate the owner's vacation.
2. To force a business to cease operations. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "close" and "down." After a thorough investigation, the police were finally able to close the shop down for money laundering.
See also: close, down

close someone or something down

to force someone or someone's business, office, shop, etc., to close permanently or temporarily. The health department closed the restaurant down. They closed down the same place last year, too.
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close down

 and shut down
[for someone] to close a business, office, shop, etc., permanently or temporarily. This shop will have to close down if they raise taxes. The fire department closed down all the stores on the block because of the gas leak.
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close something down and shut something down

to make something stop operating; to put something out of business. The police closed the illegal casino down. The manager shut down the factory for the holidays.
See also: and, close, down, shut

close down

1. Also, close one's doors; shut down. Go out of business, end operations. For example, If the rent goes up we'll have to close down, or After fifty years in business the store finally closed its doors, or The warehouse had a clearance sale the month before it shut down for good. Also see close up, def. 2.
2. Force someone to go out of business, as in The police raided the porn shop and closed it down. Both usages date from the early 1900s, but shut down was first recorded in 1877.
See also: close, down

close down

v.
1. To stop operating permanently or for an extended period of time. Used especially of businesses: After decades of serving the community, the gymnasium closed down.
2. To force someone or something, as a business, to stop operating: The cops closed down our poker game. I'd like to keep the shop running, but the recession will probably close my business down.
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The bank official further pointed out that the KCB management and the government will sort out the issues and instruction will be sent to entire KCB branches in South Sudan on how to operate if the government decided to close down their accounts in the bank.
Strategies to close down an additional generating capacity of 500MW are also on the agenda, and the final decision on this issue is likely in late 2016.
Fuat Avni claimed last week that President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an is planning to confiscate property belonging to the CHP with the eventual goal of forcing the Constitutional Court to close down the party.
They are either transferred to other programmes or the institutes close down only after the last batch graduates," said an AICTE official.
The telecoms operator said that it is taking steps to fully comply with the instruction to close down QVMS and remove the Virgin Mobile brand from the market.
The Government ordered the BBC to close down all production at the BBC Pebble Mill in Birmingham and move to its pounds 2 billion new studios in Salford, Manchester.
"When you close down a post office you close down a community," said CWU General Secretary Billy Hayes.
Their blog/webmasters do it because it's a bit of a blast and because it won't do anyone harm if they decide Antarctic rock climbing is more interesting and so close down their site/blog.
A HUGE police presence is in place to deal with protesters who have vowed to close down Britain's biggest coal-fired power station.
CHIEF Constable Bernard Hogan-Howe says he is disappointed after Merseyside Police's request to close down one of the city's nightclubs was refused.
UPM KYMI MILL TO PERMANENTLY CLOSE DOWN TWO MACHINES.
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said its Argentina subsidiary would stop writing new life insurance business, close down branch offices and eliminate about 650 jobs, after determining the business isn't profitable enough.
And Ben Aladdin looks likely to close down aftercomplaints that no one could find it.
In 2001, in a move that surprised people nationwide, the town tried unsuccessfully to close down a performance of the innocuous Naked Boys Singing, saying it violated Provincetown's vague anti-adult entertainment bylaw.