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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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I see too many people closing themselves off to the target.
Countries that go too far in closing themselves off to foreign competition eventually lose their edge, with innovation, jobs and growth suffering.
Anger and resentment can lead to them closing themselves off emotionally in an attempt to protect themselves from further hurt.
They are in fact closing themselves off to learning about the other and to a humble appreciation of the richness and truths that are held in other traditions.
Asheville's gated community ban will also result in a higher standard of urban design, as gated communities contribute to sprawl by closing themselves off from the transportation network and creating traffic problems outside their "island.
Some people are not shutting cars out of their neighbourhoods but they're closing themselves off in what have been dubbed "master-planned communities" run by private housing associations.
In the shadow of 9/11, we faced the real possibility that Vancouver's diverse communities could become suspicious of each other, closing themselves off.