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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: close, down
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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References in classic literature ?
But only ten days after she had joined, Marija's canning factory closed down, and that blow quite staggered them.
Barunda and Ninaka urged their men on, with brief rests, all day, nor did they halt even after night had closed down upon the river.
At three in the afternoon, as the Arctic night closed down, he caught his first sight of the head of the lake, and with the first stars took his bearings.
RIGA, Sept 4 (LETA) - A salmonella break-out has been established at Kuldiga Hospital's maternity ward, and the ward has since been closed down for a month, Center for Disease Prevention and Control spokeswoman Ilze Araja confirmed to LETA.
In company news, Marks & Spencer closed down 2.65p at 189.6p, with investors fearful that the high-street stalwart is about to be dumped out of the FTSE 100 for the first time.
Morales said a total of 155 lotto outlets, 4,091 STL outlets, and three Keno outlets had been closed down, registering a total of 100 percent compliance.
Bosses at the company behind Benson & Hedges, Lucky Strike and Dunhill said sales from its e-cigarette division will rise between 30% and 50% this year, but shares closed down 4.4% at 2,936p, making it the biggest FTSE 100 faller.
ISLAMABAD -- To further slash down the PSDP spending, the government has closed down 12 projects of the ministry of planning, development and reforms, worth around Rs 13 billion, including the Vision 2025 project launched by the previous government.
On the other hand, in pursuant to the Supreme Court orders of April last year, the PHC teams have visited 34,260 treatment centres, and closed down 8,491 quacks businesses.
figure By RICHARD MUNGUTI The High Court has declined to order the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to re-open a Ruiru-based alcohol manufacturing company it closed down on February 23 over tax evasion.Justice Weldon Korir Thursday said the application by Platinum Distillers Limited lacks merit.
A first information report (FIR) was registered by A-Division Police Station, district Sheikhupura, against a quack Abdul Mannan of Sheikh Pattiowala for breaking seal of his centre, which was closed down by the PHC earlier.
But it finally left the decision to the next elected government due to the advice by the officials concerned that the companies should not be closed down before the completion of NAB inquiries and audit objections against them.
BSP shuts down 12th bank this year !-- -- Lawrence Agcaoili (The Philippine Star) - November 11, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) closed down a problematic bank in Quezon City, bringing to 12 the number of banks shuttered this year as the regulator continues to rid the industry of weak players.
MITHI -- The severe water crises have hit the towns as well as several villages where the drinking water was being provided through over 450 RO plants were closed down by operators and other workers hired by a private company to install, run and maintain RO plants in drought-hitThar on Friday closed down the plants.After the closing down of the RO plants Tharis were seen roaming from village to village in search of safe drinking water on Friday but of no use as they found al costly closed down.
The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has closed down 83 chemists and pharmacies and arrested 83 illegal operators in Central, Upper and Lower Eastern regions.