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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?
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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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It's wrong to close yourself off - this is real life, we're people too."
If you try to bluff your way through leadership, pretending you don't need input from others, your ignorance will quickly be discovered, you'll be dismissed as a respected leader, and you'll close yourself off from gaining wisdom from others.
"But what you can do as a player is close yourself off and perfect your technique of striking the ball.
While it may be easier to close yourself off when times get tough (ahem, avoidance), try doing exactly the opposite.
Rather than a couple constantly being raw and exposed, she thinks, "for love to survive, you had to close yourself off to a certain extent.
If you're going to close yourself off from knowledge that you disagree with, you shouldn't waste the time or money to go.
Do not close yourself off by crossing your arms or legs in a defensive posture.
"I have realized that you can close yourself off to life if you put walls up, but it's a difficult thing," she said.
But don't close yourself off to meeting another gorgeous guy who could give you everything you want.
Richard Ackerman, series producer for Channel 4 chatshow "Alan Carr: Chatty Man," reminds all producers and execs: "You should never be arrogant enough to just say, 'I am right,' and close yourself off to everybody else's suggestions." But there are dangers in changing a long-running format.
"You might be more compelled to arrest [students] so that there are no incidents that can be reported on the news, and you also close yourself off from community partners who matter."
'As a right-handed batsman you can't close yourself off. You've got to stay nice and open and just adjust the technique a little bit.'
"Some things you hear aren't very pleasant, or very easy to explain, but you have to close yourself off and be that invisible mouthpiece.
And that is the essence of Deli G's philosophy; so don't close yourself off to one kind of music because you don't understand it.
To close yourself off is the worst thing that can happen."