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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyclose off
he/she/itcloses off
present participleclosing off
past tenseclosed off
past participleclosed off
  1. to prevent people from entering a place, using a road etc

    The police have closed off the high street to traffic.

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