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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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When it comes to the terrible humanitarian crises, like the situation in Aleppo, Syria, it is depressing and shocking to see how quickly we closed ourselves off from the "pain of others" and how easily we refuse to "help those who are in misery." We have refused to budge even when the screens all around us flashed the images of Aylan Kurdi - the toddler who was found dead, face down, on a beach - or the five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, whose dust- and blood-covered face looked dazed and confused.
We essentially closed ourselves off to a portion of the world markets--which is bad business any way you look at it.