shut off

verb
1. stem the flow of (Freq. 1)
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shut off the gas when you leave for a vacation

Syn: ↑close off
Hypernyms: ↑discontinue, ↑stop, ↑cease, ↑give up, ↑quit, ↑lay off
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

2. isolate or separate
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She was shut off from the friends

Syn: ↑close off
Hypernyms: ↑separate, ↑divide
Hyponyms: ↑curtain off
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s Adjective/Noun

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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

3. block off the passage through
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We shut off the valve

Syn: ↑block off, ↑close off
Hypernyms:
barricade, ↑block, ↑blockade, ↑stop, ↑block off, ↑block up, ↑bar
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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shut off (or shut something off)
(used esp. in relation to water, electricity, or gas) stop (or cause something to stop) flowing

he was about to shut off the power

stop (or cause something to stop) working

the engines shut off automatically

shut something off block the entrances and exits of something

the six compartments were being shut off from each other

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shut off [phrasal verb]
1 shut off or shut off (something) or shut (something) off : to stop operating or to cause (a machine, light, etc.) to stop operating

The camera shuts off [=turns off] automatically when not in use.

She shut off the car.

Who shut off the lights?

Shut the television off and go to bed.

2 shut off (something) or shut (something) off : to stop the flow or supply of (something)

Make sure to shut off the water/gas/electricity before beginning any work.

3 shut (yourself) off : to keep (yourself) in a place that is away from other people
— usually + from

He shut himself off from his family.

4 shut (someone or something) off from (something) : to separate (someone or something) from (something)
— usually used as (be) shut off from

Here on the island, people are shut off from (contact with) the outside world.

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Main Entry:shut

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ˌshut ˈoff derived
(of a machine, tool, etc.) to stop working

The engines shut off automatically in an emergency.

Main entry:shutderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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