shut off

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

shut off

verb

Definition of SHUT OFF

transitive verb
1
:  to close off :  separate —usually used with from <shut off from the rest of the world>
2
a :  to cut off (as flow or passage) :  stop <shuts off the oxygen supply>
b :  to stop the operation of (as a machine) <shut the motor off>
intransitive verb
:  to cease operating :  stop <shuts off automatically>

Examples of SHUT OFF

  1. <threatened to shut off peace talks if the other side kept making unreasonable demands>
  2. <shut off the computer to save electricity>

First Known Use of SHUT OFF

1818

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