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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

close something down and shut something down

to make something stop operating; to put something out of business. The police closed the illegal casino down. The manager shut down the factory for the holidays.
See also: and, close, 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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To become more productive, Midwest mills are shutting down old machines, streamlining their existing operations, and looking to invest in new technologies.
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'Without any transparent basis in shutting down cell sites, authorities can abuse their capability to strip the general public of their right to communicate.
Snapchat was down worldwide for at least four hours on Monday and it sparked a rumor that the photo and video sharing service was shutting down. The outage was also ill-timed as the company is preparing to post its quarterly earnings report this Tuesday.
LAHORE -- The Lahore High Court Monday constituted a full bench to hear pleas seeking directions to restrain Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan from shutting down Islamabad on November 2.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an has revealed that he is thinking of shutting down social media sites, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, right after the election.
In facing stiffer global competition from low-cost saw log producers in countries such as Brazil, Tembec has taken to shutting down their pine operations in Ontario and Quebec to import logs from their Chilean operations at half the cost.
One smoke unit spent 1 1/2 days figuring out why their generator was shutting down before they discovered the supply line had worked loose.
If you choose Shut Down from the Special menu and quickly realise that you want to stop shutting down, immediately launch any application.
AOL UK has announced a date for shutting down its Netscape Online ISP.
They were industrial workers, and they were mad because stringent new pollution controls were shutting down their mostly small workplaces.
Produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, the toxin kills by shutting down the muscles needed for breathing.