wall off(redirected from wall something 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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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