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close off

1. To prevent access to a particular area or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "close" and "off." We had to close off that section of the restaurant for a private party. I had to take a detour on my way home because the water department closed a bunch of streets off.
2. To avoid emotional connection with others; to isolate. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun can be used between "close" and "off." Todd really closed himself off after his last break-up. I have a hard time making friends because I usually close myself off from other people.
3. To refuse to listen to viewpoints, ideas, or opinions that differ from one's own. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun can be used between "close" and "off." Grandpa, you can't just close yourself off to the ways of the modern world. Can you please listen to what I think, instead of automatically closing yourself off?
See also: close, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

close something off

to prevent entrance into something; to block something off. Please don't close this passageway off. They closed off the passageway anyway.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

close off

v.
To prevent passage along or through something: The police closed off the main avenue for a parade. Park rangers closed the lake off to motorboats.
See also: close, off
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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To put it differently, when we wait for one day in a year to make the changes or take the necessary leaps we believe we need, we close ourselves off to so many opportunities and so many chances for expansion and improvement.
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I feel we are all too ready to wear a uniform and close ourselves off to the possibility of other experiences.
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We form our opinions based on how we grow up and the way we see things and all too often we close ourselves off to new experiences and discoveries.
3) Openness: In tough times, there is a tendency to turn inward, to close ourselves off. We were no different.
'The Scots are complicated people with their hang-ups and foibles and although we should never close ourselves off from other influences, perhaps it needs a Scot to understand Scots.
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