cordon off

phrasal verb

cordoned off; cordoning off; cordons off
: to prevent people from getting into (an area) by putting a line of people or objects around or in front of it
Police cordoned off the street.

Examples of cordon off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As part of its defense in recent years, TikTok has invoked its work with Oracle to cordon off US data from its Chinese parent, ByteDance Ltd. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 24 June 2024 Syria’s Kurds, meanwhile, were expected to cordon off their part of Syria from the rest of the country and then join Iraqi Kurdistan in declaring independence. Steven Simon, Foreign Affairs, 26 Aug. 2014 Mani Ram was worried because British officer General Reginald Dyer had just ordered his troops to cordon off Jallianwalla Bagh and open fire on all Indian subjects without warning. TIME, 23 Apr. 2024 Crime scene tape cordons off the scene of a shooting Sunday in Jasper, Texas. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 28 Apr. 2023 Traffic and truck route assessments led the agency to cordon off the western halves of Martin Street and David Strickland and parts of Parker Henderson. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Apr. 2024 On either side, blankets hung from the ceiling to cordon off small areas for entire families, offering a sliver of privacy. Irfan Galaria, The Mercury News, 23 Feb. 2024 Striped plastic barricades still cordon off new stretches of road, all within view of columns of traffic that lumber past during rush hour. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 These regimes cordon off their domestic Internet space and shut off their citizens from global information flows, while undermining rival countries through disinformation campaigns and hacking. Eric Rosenbach, Foreign Affairs, 17 Sep. 2019

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“Cordon off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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