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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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She closed herself off to all but darkness for many years.
Two years later, Elliot returns to Oak Creek to find that the Catherine he fell in love with has closed herself off from everyone but her ailing mother.
She told her family but did not to talk about the experience to anyone and closed herself off emotionally, trying to rid her memory of it.
She's closed herself off from the world, and her grief seems endless.
She has closed herself off during two different confrontations, so he isn't so sure how honest they can be.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje has done nothing wrong other than that she continues to act as a Maharani (queen), which she would have been if India had not attained independence in 1947, and if she hadn't closed herself off from the rest of the world after 8pm on a plea for privacy.
Following what she described as a "mortifying" high school graduation ceremony in which she tripped on the steps to the stage, Ford closed herself off from everyone.
The poem relates to her gran Charlotte who closed herself off following Jack's death and died from grief four years later in 1922 despite having another son, Harry.
"She not only closed herself off with her arms, but she was digging her fingers into her body.
As Madeleine elaborates on her past as a radical revved up for change who in middle age has closed herself off, the actress opens an enormously affecting window onto a woman who has surprised herself by asking for--and accepting--nothing.
Her condition means that she has essentially closed herself off from life and other people.
Allison, a junior in college, has closed herself off emotionally from everyone except for her best friend, Steffi.
She said she closed herself off from the outside world, no longer saw friends and felt unable to move on and return to normal activities.