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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.
See also: down, shut

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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Round Lakes defense really shut us down in the first half.
We were attacking for the whole first climb to make it hard for Quick-Step to shut us down over the top.
will flood the entire Ontario market with wood and shut us down.
We wanted to play out wide, that's where we like to play and they shut us down pretty well so it made it pretty difficult for us.
The local education authority could have shut us down if we hadn't come out of serious weaknesses," said Ms Fox, 61, from Pencoed.
Ice will shut us down in a second, a half-inch of snow can really hamper us.
But the Electoral Commission, which has been pursuing a spiteful vendetta against us since we reported their crooked activities during the Leave campaign designation process to the Treasury Select Committee, has decided to shut us down.
We've been threatened before by some people and I think they are just trying to do whatever they can to shut us down - it's one thing after another and it's very stressful for us as a family.
The prime minister will only be able to shut us down if he comes to Ramallah with his forces and occupies the Communications Ministry building and destroys our equipment.
In response, the ILWU threatened to chase our customers, including Hanjin, from Portland and to shut us down.
We would have liked to have kept the stores open, but Wendy's has shut us down," he said.
However, once our parents found out, they promptly shut us down, saying we were "unqualified'' and "underage.
Woods added: "We made it W hard for ourselves but Gretna did really well to shut us down.
They shut us down and prevented us from doing that," he added.
If the inspector had found rat droppings where food was kept they would have shut us down on the spot - and rightly so.