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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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A BUSY main road was closed off throughout morning rush hour yesterday after an oil spillage.
The area underneath the Web of Light installation was closed off on Friday after concerns arose over the fixings which hold the steel cables in place.
Charles Henry Street and the top of Moseley Street were closed off.
In memory, this panorama of the most varied artistic positions is distilled into a sequence of changing intensities as one moves from room to room, each resembling a small individual exhibition, closed off from the rest like a monad.
A BUSY main road in Liverpool was closed off this morning as firefighters tackled a blaze.
Applicant Kelly Brar turned the houses into flats and earlier this year closed off a public footpath, between Darwin Close and Athol Road, without permission.
POLICE were today accused of over-reacting after they closed off three busy Birmingham roads because a member of the public thought he heard gunshots.
Officers closed off a section of the popular seaside walkway South Parade to motorists and pedestrians for more than two hours while forensic officers examined the scene and the body was later removed.
This world is varied, but somehow so closed off that one can speak of a family resemblance among the different sculptures.
A LIVERPOOL road was closed off after part of a house collapsed.
I will predict that after the Olympics next year, this Labour council will see how their decision to close off the centre to buses will start to be felt when businesses start to feel the repercussion from this closed off city centre.
Part of the city's busy Cannock Road was still closed off for investigations several hours after the incident.
The road was closed off until around 11.30am yesterday morning while officers carried out forensic tests at the scene.
Emergency crews were called to deal with severe flooding in Aintree, Crosby and St Helens and commuters faced traffic headaches as roads were closed off. Firefighters dealt with an incident in Rossett Road, Crosby, at about 5pm while police closed off part of Aintree Lane, near the junction with Wango Lane.
A COVENTRY business park was closed off last night after a security alert.