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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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authorities have behaved very well, President Trump, because they haven't closed themselves off to dialogue and we hope that a deal is reached today," he said.
The Foxes closed themselves off into their own little box and did what they did.
They closed themselves off to the fans, to the council, to the media, and now it's too late to repent.
Developing countries that have liberalised their trade and capital controls have achieved economic growth rates averaging 4.5 per cent a year over the past three decades, compared with 0.7 per cent for the limited number of countries that have closed themselves off. That doesn't mean, however, that everybody benefits from the globalisation of money.
Whatever the cause or combination of causes, this blinkering had been coming on for years as, in the face of seemingly endless litigation and abolitionist maneuvering, the conservative justices increasingly closed themselves off from the persistent proof streaming into the court that the system of death penalty adjudication seethed with error and abuse.