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shut off

1. verb To stop operating; to turn off. 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.
2. verb To deactivate something; to turn something off. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shut" and "off." 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.
3. verb To isolate someone, something, or oneself. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shut" and "off." 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.
4. adjective Isolated; unable to be reached or contacted. The resort is completely shut off from the outside world—no Internet, no TV, no nothing. My cubicle is the only one on this side of the floor, off so I feel really shut from the rest of the office.
See also: off, shut

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]
See also: off, shut

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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She now dedicates her time to helping others - and doesn't just want the focus to be on physical health, but the mental side of things too as she knows how damaging it can be to shut yourself off from the world.
It must be great to be able to shut yourself off from the flak while sipping champers at a five-start hotel in Geneva for the Nations League draw.
"It's really easy to shut yourself off from the world when you live in halls and because I felt so down sometimes I wouldn't leave the room for three days or so and would eat nothing and stay in bed.
"You've got to keep a very open mind about them and sometimes welcome them and other times just shut yourself off from them.
"Unless you just shut yourself off and numb out watching TV, or bide your time keeping yourself busy doing things, then you just have to express that somehow for scientists, through study and research, for writers through poetry or story, or history maybe, people do it in 20,000 ways, searching for excellence that tries to live up to all of this around us.
I think I'm done in the reality TV world but I don't think you can completely shut yourself off from any one aspect in TV because you never know what's going to come along.
Twenty years ago you could shut yourself off from the outside world in a digital fortress.
"I demand from you that your offices do not have gatekeepers (to stop people coming to you) or you should not shut yourself off from the people, because you and I are the servants of the people and the nation.
You could so easily shut yourself off and stay in bed for a month but I had to keep going for them."
"It's good to get away and shut yourself off. It allows you to recharge the batteries and get your focus and enthusiasm back for the new season.
Your article in Metrolife on cell phones was a strange reflection of our times when you just cannot shut yourself off from the world like Rasha Shaath did on her holiday.
Here's Brown's answer to Lynde, as a lonely teenager explains why it's better to shut yourself off with shades and attitude:
To work in the sex trade you have to be able to shut yourself off emotionally to be able to do things that you can't say no to because they are paying for it," said Woodhouse.
This slump in self-confidence fuels yet more feelings of despair and lethargy, with an inclination to shut yourself off from the world and retreat almost into a hibernation mode.
"What is more, you shut yourself off from all that dimension of religious faith that makes you look hard at your own selfishness and pride (and fanaticism) - and from all that speaks of the kind of peace that human beings can't build alone.