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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!
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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." That section of the restaurant has been cordoned off for a private party.
See also: cordon, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Residents living along the residential street were advised to leave their homes, and were unable to cross the cordon.
The 200 metre cordon was officially lifted at around 5.20pm.
Police set up a cordon as a precautionary measure and asked people to leave the area.
2.30PM: The cordon is relaxed to allow traffic past the police station, though the station remains cordoned off and the West Road is still shut between Wingrove Road and Hampstead Road while bomb disposal teams check out the house.
Plans should be designed for both pre- and post-bomb cordons because the requirements differ.
POLICE formed cordons across the pitch at Hillsborough as the emergency response to the disaster was going on, the inquests heard.
Cordons where placed around Woodbridge Road, Alcester Road and Trafalgar Road and all houses in between were evacuated.
INVESTIGATION: Police tape cordons off Essex Street, Middlesbrough where a man's body was found today Picture by PETER REIMANN; GRIM FIND: Essex Street in central Middlesbrough which was cordoned off today after a man's body was found in a house.
There were no cordons to speak of and, when you got to that vantage point again on the bridge to look at the ground, it was just a mass of people and you couldn't work out any queues.
He said the briefing before the 1988 match had mentioned cordons of police checking tickets on the approach to Leppings Lane.
Builders working on renovated houses were waiting by the cordons.
MERSEYSIDE Police used powers to cordon off areas because of terrorism fears six times last year - the highest on record.