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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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"Police came and taped off the flats and refused to allow anyone in the building.
This morning the scene remained taped off and neighbours declined to speak about events.
When guests wanted to watch a video after dinner, the only choices were Caligula and a copy of Thoroughly Modern Millie taped off late-night TV.
A ROAD and house were taped off on Thursday night after a man was found in the street with injuries.
Police said they discovered a "potentially viable device" on Tuesday and a large section of Duchy Road was taped off.
"They had closed off one end but now have the entire block taped off at both ends."
An area of the park at Headstone Lane was taped off on Friday, near Pinner Park school and the Hugs and Giggles Nursery, close to the bollards.
Reports suggest that emergency services were at the scene at around 5am this morning (Saturday, May 26) and it is only in the past few hours that part of the pavement has been taped off.
Several police vehicles were parked at the nearby North Wales Bowls Centre, and staff arriving to open up for the day found the car park taped off. There was also a cordon on the promenade, with people told to use the other end of the beach until it reopened at 11.30am.
POLICE taped off a house in Coventry after a woman was found unconscious with serious injuries.
Patrols attended to investigate and taped off the surrounding area for several hours, sparking concern from passers-by.
Yesterday police taped off a small section of the lake while they carried out their investigations.