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shut (someone or oneself) off

To isolate someone or oneself from others. I'm worried about Jim—he's been shutting himself off lately. The other directors shut him off from the board meetings as a result of his inflammatory remarks.
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shut (something) off

To force something closed or to stop operating. You can use my computer, just shut it off when you're done. We'll have to shut off the water main to repair the pipes.
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shut off

To turn off or stop operating. The phone shuts off after a few moments of inactivity to save its battery. The generator has a sensor so that it will shut off by itself if it begins to overheat.
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shut off

1. Stop the flow or passage of, as in They shut off the water while repairs were being made. [Early 1800s]
2. Close off, isolate, as in Loners shut themselves off from the community. [First half of 1800s]
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shut off

v.
1. To stop the flow, passage, or operation of something: The plumber shut off the water by closing a valve. Shut the lights off before you leave.
2. To stop flowing or operating, especially automatically: The electricity shuts off at midnight.
3. To isolate someone or something: The miser shut himself off from the community.
See also: off, shut
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In addition, PG&E said that despite the line being operated safely, the company is taking steps to be able to safely and effectively shut off service to the pipeline in compliance with an October 4 temporary injunction order by the San Mateo Superior Court.
Landlords should make sure that tenants are shown how to shut off water to the property, especially if they are to vacate the property over Christmas, to prevent any damage caused by frozen pipes.
The Idle Guard 200 is offered in three models offering engine shut off after three, five or 15 minutes by either fuel shut off with a diesel, or by the ignition with a gas engine.
A section of Broadway, in Norris Green, was shut off between 10.
If no payment plan or other resolution is achievable, he said, then he expects water service will start being shut off in 60 to 90 days.
WATER supplies in Ellesmere Port were shut off last night while emergency works were carried out by United Utilities.
What the cancer does is shut off the exit from your stomach and shut off all the bile ducts in your liver.
As winter approaches, it would be comforting to know that your sprinklers will automatically shut off when it rains.
The modified Hydra-Matic transmission adds an auxiliary oil pump and hybrid controls; the oil pump comes into play when the engine is shut off (say at a stop light) so there is oil in the forward clutch so the vehicle will start immediately when the accelerator is depressed.
When researchers shut off the extra D2 receptors by feeding engineered mice doxycycline, they found no change in these animals' memory and attention deficits.
HDACs are counterpart enzymes that operate in reverse; they shut off genes.
If the baler has not been shut off along with the conveyor, the baler's automatic sensor may begin a baling cycle when the worker and the jammed paper fall into the baling chamber.
The company that suggested this month's Side Job's topic recently received a $200 water bill because a restroom valve had not shut off for an entire weekend.
Homes across a 10-mile stretch of west Fife were ordered to switch off their gas as Transco shut off fuel from Crossford to the Kincardine Bridge.
The dryer will automatically shut off at different dryness levels.