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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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to use the Asean lane, which for most of the day was closed off, causing traffic to almost ground to a halt.
A MAIN street in Carmarthen was closed off after reports of a "burning smell".
A BUSY Cardiff road was closed off during rush hour yesterday after armed police descended on a house.
A ROAD is to be closed off to traffic - just after it reopened following weeks of resurfacing works.
Design faults at the waterfront attraction meant the external steps and viewing terraces had remained closed off to the public.
Lukiskes Square in the centre of Vilnius is being closed off for reconstruction with plans to re-open it to the public by the summer of 2017.
Kunduz Provincial Council officials told media that Talibans attacked two districts in the province, Dasht-e-Archi and Chahardara districts and closed off the four entrance points into Kunduz city.
A SHOPPING retail bridge was closed off by police as a man threatened to harm himself.
Israeli authorities closed off all access to al-Aqsa Mosque after police killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to assassinate Yehuda Click a hard-line Jewish activist well known for his efforts to promote increased Jewish access to the site.
They closed off the weekend in fine style on They closed off the weekend in fine style on the Radio 1 Stage, stepping in for London the Radio 1 Stage, stepping in for London Grammar - who had cancelled at the last minute Grammar - who had cancelled at the last minute due to illness - with a storming set that finished with James Graham of The Twilight Sad joining them for The Mother We Share.
with concrete cubes as well as closed off the entrance of the nearby al-Fawwar refugee camp, according to security sources.
The area was closed off by police and the fire service who will investigate the case.
Summary: The Army intervened at a public iftar event in Abdel-Hamid Karami Square in the northern city of Tripoli Sunday and closed off roads leading to the square after several gunmen fired shots from nearby streets.
PART of a hospital ward remained closed off yesterday after a suspected outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.
Protesters had closed off the Corniche road for a couple of hours near El-Raml Station on Sunday evening, but reopened it for traffic hours later.