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.
Staff at the Cook Shop in genteel Macclesfield, Cheshire, raced to turn the tape off as it switched from onion chopping to writhing bodies and heavy breathing.
Slowly peel the tape off the magazine, and stick it onto a sheet of black construction paper.
Here, in the provinces of the post-painterly, one makes one's mark by leaving graphite lines visible, by recklessly yanking the masking tape off the canvas, and with a skillful palette.
But you try watching Shameless (C4), Nip/Tuck(Sky1) and CSI night on Five when they're ALL ON AT THE SAME TIME and you can't tape off satellite.
d) peels the tape off carefully and unfolds the paper with all due respect.
With the performance provided by fiber optic wide area networks, people can take archive data on site and never have to physically move the tape off site.