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shut down

1. verb To cease business operations for any length of time (often permanently). I loved that restaurant, so I'm very disappointed that it shut down. That shop always shuts down for two weeks in the summer to accommodate the owner's vacation.
2. verb To force a business to cease operations. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "shut" and "down." After a thorough investigation, the police were finally able to shut the shop down for money laundering.
3. verb To turn off a computer or other machine. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "shut" and "down." Everyone, be sure to shut down your computers before you leave the office today. Mom sent me to shut down the dryer because it was too noisy.
4. verb To reject, strongly discourage, or prevent one from continuing with one's course of action. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "shut" and "down." Man, I tried to talk to that pretty girl, and she totally shut me down! The judge shut down that line of questioning right quick. This tenacious defense has completely shut down the defending champions.
5. noun A period during which operations cease (usually temporarily). In this usage, the phrase is often written as one word. Congress was able to reach a compromise to avoid a government shutdown.
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shut down

1. See close down, def. 1.
2. Stop or switch off machinery, as in They shut down all the machines for one week a year. [Late 1800s]
See also: down, shut

shut down

v.
1. To stop the operation of something, especially when a special process is required: The inspectors shut down the restaurant when they found a rat in the kitchen. I shut the computers down every night.
2. To stop operating, especially when a special process is required: The factory shut down for the holiday.
See also: down, shut
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Oyewole Ganiu said the building at 1, Rasak Balogun Street was shut down last year because it was distressed and that government did not want to lose any life.
Current regulations require plants to maintain two sets of electrical circuitry that enable the reactor to shut down automatically in an emergency.
However it is the only church that has been shut down because unlike the others, it relies on funding from the diocese.
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An Internet website parodying TV preacher Jerry Falwell has led the controversial evangelist to try to permanently shut down the site.
An Internet music service has been forced to shut down due to an upcoming Dutch court ruling which is expected later in January 2002.
Malfunctions occur when typical local power events unexpectedly shut down the machine's controller, resulting in the machine spindle falling into the part due to gravity.
The 370-million-lb/yr facility was also shut down by a fire last June.
The plant's number two reactor has been shut down since March for maintenance expected to take three months.
COLUMBUS, Georgia--A November protest at Fort Benning highlighted the growing strength of a faith-based action movement that has worked to shut down the School of the Americas.
The directive from the steering committee seemed simple enough: Shut down the laundry operations for four hours per day as soon as possible.
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During these tests, one of the four body-worn transmitters used clearly exhibited a tendency to shut down when shots were fired.