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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 off a bunch of streets.
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?
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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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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.
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There's a lot of politicians who have a deep-vested interest in being right all the time, and therefore close themselves off sometimes to facts or evidence or differing opinions.
To withstand this threat, countries cannot simply close themselves off.
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.
Against teams that close themselves off at the back it's easier to score when you recover possession rather than making short passes which gives your opponent time to reorganise," Martino said.
They close themselves off, set up their own rules and practice vigilante justice.
SCIENTISTS FIND SLEEP'S SECRETS SCIENTISTS are discovering why some people close themselves off to the world after falling asleep while others are rudely awakened by the slightest bump in the night.
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.
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.
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.
While actively participating in both concrete (bodily) and dream-like (liminal) realms, Raisin and Sin-Sin do not merely internalize their experiences or close themselves off from their social world.