tape off


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tape off

To form a barrier to something or some area by surrounding or blocking it with (usually brightly colored) tape. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tape" and "off." City regulators have taped the building off ahead of its demolition. Make sure you tape off the crime scene so no one contaminates the evidence before the detectives arrive.
See also: off, tape

tape off

v.
To restrict or reserve some location or area by encircling it with tape: The police taped off the crime scene. We taped the bench off so that no one would sit on the wet paint.
See also: off, tape
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Eventually, the attending nurse had to take the tape off. But in the process of removing it, a piece of the baby's skin was peeled off with the tape.
SEALED OFF: Police tape off part of a grassed area at the rear of Halfords and Matalan shops Pictures by IAN COOPER and STUART HINCKS
Firefighter Pete Walters of Brierley Hill fire station said: "We had to make the area safe and tape off the road." He said there had been a significant spillage of coolant from the car.
INVESTIGATION: Police forensics officers tape off the wreckage at Kenfig Nature Reserve, Porthcawl, of one of the two single-engine elementary RAF trainers that collided yesterday PICTURE: Huw Evans
The researchers tried pulling tape off surfaces using a machine that also measured the forces involved.
Estranged Heather, 39, produced the tape off camera during a day of interviews in which she ranted she had been pushed to the brink of suicide by death threats and smears.
Staff at the Cook Shop in genteel Macclesfield, Cheshire, raced to turn the tape off as it switched from onion chopping to heavy breathing.