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wall off

To separate, segregate, or divide someone or something by erecting a wall or similar barrier. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wall" and "off." The government walled off the section of the archives that contained information about its rise to power. They've effectively walled our department off from the rest of the company with all these boxes.
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wall someone or something off

to separate or segregate someone or something by building a wall. She sat right across from me at her desk, listening to every phone call I made. Finally, the manager walled her off so we now can carry on our business in privacy. They walled off the south door to the building.
See also: off, wall

wall something off (from someone or something)

to deny access to an area by building a wall as a barrier. The manager was told to wall the incinerator area off from the machinery area. Please wall off the incinerator area.
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wall off

To divide or separate something with or as if with a wall: We walled off part of the room. The school walled the students off from the outside world.
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I find signs of hope for the church in: Africa, South-East Asia, Latin America and in groups such as Essentials and the Prayer Book Society, who are not striving relentlessly to wall off the churches of Canada and the United States from our brothers in the Anglican Communion and indeed the entire holy, catholic and apostolic church.
In those instances, instead of trotting into the trap, the mole rats wall off the violated tunnel.
Ultimately, for all the talk about sending messages to people who are positive, the real message of criminalization laws may be to everyone else: this troubling and complicated epidemic isn't your problem, it's that of monstrous outsiders who we can simply wall off from regular folks' lives.
As New York Times columnist David Brooks recently reminded us, if there is a silver lining in the aftermath of Katrina, it is that we have an opportunity to leverage the attention and investment that the region is receiving to help rebuild stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive communities--communities with a more equitable mix of incomes, that don't wall off large segments of the population in areas of concentrated poverty, and that provide a broader range of opportunities to residents.
The boy's mother was joined by regulars at the Old Bear, in Kidderminster, in the rescue operation as they battled to shift the three-foot wall off the boy.
The blocking assignments are designed simply to wall off the playside defenders and prevent them from pursuing.
When we react, the first action is to wall off the problem, to categorize it.
Many aspects of Chapelfields' history over the past 1,000 years are included on the plaque, which has been installed in a wall off Fordwell Close.
And it appears that both the Administration and the Congress have wisely chosen to wall off the bulk of the unified budget surpluses projected for the next several years and allow it to build.
This concentration will wall off enormous areas of economic decision-making from any kind of democratic input or accountability.
When we put the fungus in one part of a mound only, the termites wall off this area and do not enter it.
They won't wall off Europe, but they will insist that trade partners accept certain minimal standards regarding child labor, wages, and the rights of labor to organize.
People wall off part of their life because there's stigma or shame attached to it," adds Betty Berzon, a Los Angeles psychotherapist and author of Setting Them Straight: You Can Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life.
She toys with remaining with him, but realizes she won't, but that when she returns to her husband, "There's a comer of herself she'll have to wall off.