cut off from the (outside) world

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cut off from the (outside) world

1. Literally, completely separated from people outside of a given group or space. Prison inmates, especially those in solitary confinement, face an extraordinary pressure on their psyche from being cut off from the outside world for so long. The tiny rural village, cut off from the world up in the mountains, developed a dialect and manner totally unique from the rest of the region.
2. Figuratively, isolated from broad and/or meaningful outside engagement or interaction. Their research, while promising, is flawed in that it is cut off from the outside world, so its effects on the greater population are only speculative at best. Art—good art, anyway—is never cut off from the world; it is totally enmeshed in the people and culture around it.
See also: cut, off, world
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Cut off from the outside world, the crew of the sub prepare to fire their missiles, but Denzel refuses to follow orders.
Thirteen weeks cut off from the outside world, with 11 housemates for company, all competing for the same thing.
Doubts over Nick's sportsmanship arose after he was seen discussing fears the public disliked him, even though the eight remaining contestants remain cut off from the outside world.
They will be cut off from the outside world for a fortnight with only basic rations of rice and water.
In this environment, cut off from the outside world and under scrutiny at every turn, they could well explode.
Before his treatment at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital he was cut off from the outside world in a super-clinical room in which he could only be visited under strict supervision.
"Even though we are cut off from the outside world, the excitement of the Welsh nation over the Australia match has reached us.
Just the two of you Feel really cut off from the outside world when the portcullis of 900-year-old Amberley Castle, near Arundel, West Sussex, is lowered at midnight.
The team will be totally cut off from the outside world - apart from a solitary media briefing on Thursday.
Indian occupied Kashmir remained cut off from the outside world due to the communication blockade imposed by India while curfew and other restrictions continued on the 5th consecutive day on Friday.
Concluding edition of the programme in which Livia Simoka travels to the remote jungles of the Republic of the Congo to live with pygmy tribe the Mbendjele, who are almost entirely cut off from the outside world. Last in the series.
Our teams on the ground say roads are blocked and power is out, making it very difficult to access towns and villages cut off from the outside world. Working with the government and our local partners our priority is to help the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities affected by the floods.
Guzman has been largely cut off from the outside world since his extradition in 2017 and his remarks in the courtroom Wednesday could be the last time the public hears from him.
EXTREME TRIBE: THE LAST PYGMIES Channel 4, 9pm HIDDEN deep in the remote jungle in the Congo is an extraordinary pygmy tribe that lives almost entirely cut off from the outside world.
Extreme Tribe: The Last Pygmies (Channel 4, 9pm-10pm) The Mbendjele are a pygmy tribe who are almost entirely cut off from the outside world - but in this new series, presenter Livia Simoka, who has previously worked with Bruce Parry and produced the Channel 4 series The Tribe, is getting a chance to learn more about this extraordinary society.