close off

phrasal verb

closed off; closing off; closes off
: to not allow (something) to be used for a period of time : close
The city closed off the beach to tourists.
Half of the museum was closed off while they made the changes.
sometimes used figuratively
He closes himself off to new experiences.

Examples of close off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shortness of breath will quickly escalate if the reaction causes your throat to swell and close off, blocking your air supply.9 Other symptoms of severe allergic reactions include:9 Diarrhea Itching Vomiting Wheezing The remedy is getting a shot of epinephrine (adrenaline) immediately. Amanda Gardner, Health, 1 June 2024 But hundreds of township roads were closed off, thousands of farmers who owned land on both sides now had to drive five or 10 miles over an overpass to reach some fields instead of a mile or less. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 19 May 2024 Of the rooms, 250 are one-bedroom suites with two queen beds and a separate pull-out sofa in another room that can be closed off with a door, accommodating six people — hello, large families! Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2024 When a well is no longer being used to pump oil and gas, it’s supposed to be closed off with cement in a process called capping or plugging. Delger Erdenesanaa, New York Times, 24 May 2024 Downtown streets will be closed off this weekend for the Taste of Cincinnati. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 21 May 2024 After years being closed off to the public following a number of fatal drownings and extensive renovation efforts, Milwaukee County announced the reopening of the popular east side beach, located right next to Bradford Beach. Vanessa Swales, Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2024 The university closed off the property to the public when COVID-19 pandemic restrictions began in March 2020. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2024 Flouting Japanese vernacular, this space is closed off via glass doors from the rest of the top floor of the two-story residence, so that the scents of a seafood tempura lunch don’t waft into the living room or the couple’s bedroom, down a long corridor. Kurt Soller Josh Robenstone, New York Times, 17 May 2024

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“Close off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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