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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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Managers in a position to direct communications traffic can block flow by avoiding conversations if they deem it too uncomfortable, or close themselves off to feedback.
In the real world nowadays, people are increasingly tempted to erect walls and close themselves off from "others." And yet, the strength of the winning team, France, was in its diversity.
Fear is what makes people close themselves off, and it's safe to say that Wakandans are going to be afraid.
To withstand this threat, countries cannot simply close themselves off. The only way forward is to make sure that globalization is benefiting everyone.
Maybe they're struggling or their way of dealing with it is to close themselves off.
I'd start with bereavement counselling if you haven't already had it, especially if you can't confide in your siblings (maybe they're struggling, too, or their way of dealing with it is to close themselves off and grieve alone).
A lot of people in our sport like to close themselves off to prepare and the fact we're not in the Games village may help.
"They close themselves off, set up their own rules and practice vigilante justice."
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If the major English-speaking economies remain open and do not close themselves off to trade and immigration, they will also see a return to growth.
According to a papal consultant, whose Vatican newspaper article was summarized by the Catholic News Service, gay priests "tend to have few friends, to close themselves off from others in 'a clan of persons of the same type,' to resent the claims on their time made by parishioners, to encourage other gay men to enter the priesthood, and to deal with authority predominantly as a matter of 'seduction and rejection.'" Such sweeping generalizations?
Many Israelis, if not most, no longer believe it is possible to co-exist side-by-side with the Arabs; they rather prefer to close themselves off from the Arab states and deal with the rest of the world.
In practice, it undermines the democratic process by imposing policies." The result, he concluded, is that "smart people [he means the IMF] are more likely to do stupid things when they close themselves off from out side criticism and advice." How's that for well-intentioned but ill-informed?