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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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Just make sure you're not closing yourself off from all the other people and experiences at university by tying yourself down to the first person you meet.
Sitting in a concrete box, indigent, no commissary, no visits, and no one to call --this is how I learned how to "do time." By closing yourself off from the outside world--you can't do time and be worried about the outside.
The Golden Globe-winning actor added that "there's something unromantic about marriage." When asked what it is, he said: "You're closing yourself off."
Just don't make the mistake of completely closing yourself off to the idea of making new friends, or wallowing in misery too long.
She said: "The retreat is about closing yourself off and going out for walks and enjoying the island on a different level.