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cordon bleu

1. noun One who has earned the highest distinction in one's field, especially a chef. After studying with master chefs in France, Betty became a cordon bleu herself.
2. adjective Of the highest distinction in one's field. After studying with master chefs in France, Betty became a cordon bleu chef herself.
3. adjective Of food that has been prepared to the highest standard. At a five-star restaurant like that, you're guaranteed to get a cordon bleu dish.
4. adjective Stuffed with ham and cheese and then fried, as in the dish chicken cordon bleu. You don't need to make me a fancy dish like chicken cordon bleu—I'm fine with chicken nuggets!
See also: cordon

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 cordoned off part of the subway but it's disused and nobody goes there.
A number of roads were cordoned off and army bomb disposal experts were called in the examine the device.
AN HISTORIC Tyneside building was cordoned off after reports of falling debris.
The area was cordoned off by police and 15 workers on the 40-apartment development were evacuated.
Woodchurch Road in Birkenhead was cordoned off by police on Tuesday after reports a woman was on the roof of a property at the bottom of Marlborough Grove.
NEIGHBOURS have described how police and fire crews cordoned off a road and entered a home in "chemical suits" before discovering the body of a man in Hemlington.
PART of Coventry city centre was cordoned off last night after reports a gun had been fired.
According to the details, security forces cordoned of area at Kaka Sahib and conducted house to house search without resistance.
Inspector General of Police Islamabad Qalbe Abbas informed that the whole area of Noor Pur Shahan will be cordoned off during the Urs celebrations and comprehensive security and traffic plan will be in place with the co-ordination of all the concerned departments including ICT Administration, Capital Police, special branch, CDA, Auqaf Department, IESCO, Traffic Police, Health Department and Civil Defence.
STREETS were cordoned off after a man was assaulted in Grangetown, Cardiff.
Castle Morpeth Borough Council, which maintains the churchyard, has temporarily cordoned off the affected area and is working to make it safe to reopen as soon as possible.
A STREET in Bootle was cordoned off last night after it was rocked by a mystery explosion.