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close down

1. To cease business operations for any length of time (often permanently). I loved that restaurant, so I'm very disappointed that it closed down. That shop always closes down for two weeks in the summer to accommodate the owner's vacation.
2. To force a business to cease operations. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "close" and "down." After a thorough investigation, the police were finally able to close the shop down for money laundering.
See also: close, down

close someone or something down

to force someone or someone's business, office, shop, etc., to close permanently or temporarily. The health department closed the restaurant down. They closed down the same place last year, too.
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close down

 and shut down
[for someone] to close a business, office, shop, etc., permanently or temporarily. This shop will have to close down if they raise taxes. The fire department closed down all the stores on the block because of the gas leak.
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close something down and shut something down

to make something stop operating; to put something out of business. The police closed the illegal casino down. The manager shut down the factory for the holidays.
See also: and, close, down, shut

close down

1. Also, close one's doors; shut down. Go out of business, end operations. For example, If the rent goes up we'll have to close down, or After fifty years in business the store finally closed its doors, or The warehouse had a clearance sale the month before it shut down for good. Also see close up, def. 2.
2. Force someone to go out of business, as in The police raided the porn shop and closed it down. Both usages date from the early 1900s, but shut down was first recorded in 1877.
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close down

v.
1. To stop operating permanently or for an extended period of time. Used especially of businesses: After decades of serving the community, the gymnasium closed down.
2. To force someone or something, as a business, to stop operating: The cops closed down our poker game. I'd like to keep the shop running, but the recession will probably close my business down.
See also: close, down
References in classic literature ?
I see the fog closing down, and it made me so sick and scared I couldn't budge for most a half a minute it seemed to me -- and then there warn't no raft in sight; you couldn't see twenty yards.
As the dusk was closing down, they drove on to Lesser Hill, Mr.
It had been a day of wild November wind, closing down into a wet, eerie twilight.
Sometimes, as the road was cut through the pine woods that seemed in the darkness to be closing down upon us, great masses of greyness which here and there bestrewed the trees, produced a peculiarly weird and solemn effect, which carried on the thoughts and grim fancies engendered earlier in the evening, when the falling sunset threw into strange relief the ghost-like clouds which amongst the Carpathians seem to wind ceaselessly through the valleys.
The door of the rock is closing down slowly; it is not three feet from the floor.
It was like an invisible curtain closing down upon every side.
The PRO-11 official lauded the games' operators for voluntarily closing down, but warned that violators will be arrested.
The FTSE 100 ended a six-day run of daily growth, closing down 30.83 points, or 0.42%, at 7,367.62, with low volumes of shares trading hands.
On the other hand the private hospitals association had opposed closing down of Darul Sehat hospital, saying that it was not a solution to the problem.
Closing down companies would mean dumping their matters being questioned by NAB and other agencies, it was told.
MITHI -- The severe water crises have hit the towns as well as several villages where the drinking water was being provided through over 450 RO plants were closed down by operators and other workers hired by a private company to install, run and maintain RO plants in drought-hitThar on Friday closed down the plants.After the closing down of the RO plants Tharis were seen roaming from village to village in search of safe drinking water on Friday but of no use as they found al costly closed down.
New Delhi: State Bank of India (SBI) has closed six foreign branches and is in the process of closing down another nine branches as part of rationalisation of overseas operations, said Managing Director Pravin K Gupta.
Bargain bustersPoundworld has entered administrationand those currently in charge have announced a "closing down" sale at its stores, including the one in Coventry city centre.
? Both Chester Poundworld stores are holding closing down sales CLOSING down sales have begun at both Chester's Poundworld stores.
Hundreds of people went on the hunt for a bargain at the hugeReigategarden centre closing down sale causing long queues and parking problems in the area.