cordon off


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cordon off

To restrict access to a particular area by using a rope, tape, or other means. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cordon" and "off" or after "off." That section of the restaurant has been cordoned off for a private party.
See also: cordon, off

cordon something off

to mark off an area where people should not go with a rope, tape, ribbon, etc. The police cordoned the scene of the crime off, and we could not even get close. They cordoned off the area.
See also: cordon, off
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Police cordon off a pathway, far right, off Warton Street, near Daniel Close, following a shooting
Police also attended to cordon off the scene and temporary traffic lights were installed.
POLICE were forced to cordon off part of St Mary Street in Cardiff yesterday after stonework fell from the wall of a city nightclub.
Due to the one-way system it was necessary to cordon off the area, which meant diverting traffic around the leak to keep traffic flowing.
A PANE of glass in the roof of Coventry's West Orchards Shopping Centre smashed yesterday forcing staff to cordon off part of the ground floor atrium.
POLICE in Portugal leading the hunt for missing three-year-old Madeleine McCann have been criticised for a series of blunders, including failing to cordon off the crime scene and not alerting border police and coastal patrols until Madeleine had been missing for 12 hours.