block off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v block off obstruct access to
    • v block off block off the passage through "We shut off the valve"
    • v block off render unsuitable for passage "block the way","barricade the streets","stop the busy road"
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Quotations

  • Auguste Rodin
    Auguste Rodin
    “I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need. [when asked how he managed to make his remarkable statues.]”

Idioms

Chip off the old block - If someone is a chip off the old block, they closely resemble one or both of the parents in character.
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Knock your block off - To punch someone in the face Eg : The next time you do something like that I'm going to "knock your block off".
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Usage

In literature:

A quarter-mile-square block of land had been fenced off as a corral for the ninety-head herd of bull phantis Carse kept on Iapetus.
"Hawk Carse" by Anthony Gilmore
When they were ready to go, the A-B-Sea Serpent snapped off its X block for Ozma.
"The Royal Book of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
Den dey put me on a block and bid me off.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Colonel Archer held the enemy off seven hours, fighting from his rifle-pits and block-house.
"The Battle of Atlanta" by Grenville M. Dodge
Off the south-west end of Aros these blocks are very many, and much greater in size.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson
When she came to a certain small square, she turned off the main street unconsciously and walked up a quiet block towards the court-house.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
Cain got off the chopping block.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
We would cut a block off a pine tree and build a fire on it and burn it out.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
An' he's another sort of Elbow folks, though he's off a bit around the block.
"A Sunny Little Lass" by Evelyn Raymond
Another of his gang followed, splitting off the blocks between the deep notches into the line mark.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
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In poetry:

We think that couple wants decorum,
Who straws collect, and stumbles o'er e'm.
Their prudence ne'er sustains a shock,
Who watch and shun a stumbling block.
The first will bring them plague enough;
The second says, you're rarely off.
"Reconciliation" by William Hutton

In news:

Ramp off State route 16 to Center Street blocked.
The lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth casts its shadow on the full moon, blocking the sun's rays that otherwise reflect off the moon's surface.
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS State troopers block off Henning Road just west of SR115 as forensic teams gather evidence at the site of a shallow grave where a homicide victim from New Jersey was buried.
On Tuesday, pilot Mark Simmons was towing a marriage proposal behind his small plane when he suddenly experienced engine problems and crashed off Rhode Island's Block Island.
A pilot was rescued off Rhode Island's Block Island after being forced to ditch a small plane that was towing a banner with a marriage proposal , and his 8-year-old son helped rescuers track his location.
A while later, the deer got up and ran off 1600 block County Road 24, Medina .
The ensu­ing mishap caused streets to be blocked off for about an hour while author­i­ties work to fix the prob­lem.
The entire parking lot around the Century 16 Movie Theater s has been blocked off.
A historic block of Georgian townhouses that has stood neglected for years on Shuter St began collapsing yesterday, forcing police to close off adjacent streets.
Both nets can be used to catch large amounts of fish by blocking off a section of a stream or waterway.
OCFA first responders blocked off an area around a carpet cleaning van as they cleaned up chemicals and other hazardous materials at the scene of what was a multi-car crash with injuries.
The west bound lane of Del Obispo leading into the Dana Point Harbor was blocked off as OCFA continued with the clean-up into the evening.
An obstruction is blocking the two right lanes of the southbound Interstate 5 off-ramp to South 320th Street in Federal Way, the state DOT reports.
The group is accused of blocking the driveway of D&L Energy, which owns a brine injection well site off Salt Springs Road.
Middlesex JV quarterback Raheim Lockley hands off to halfback Donovan Jones as Skyler Bolten blocks in last Thursday's 34-14 junior varsity loss to Mathews.
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In science:

The gauge aspect of the top off-diagonal block tentatively refers either to the gauginos, or for neutrinos, should they be confirmed to be Ma jorana, it should be interpreted as an internal fermionic line as it appears in neutrinoless double beta decay.
Extended set of Majorana spinors, a new dispersion relation, and a preferred frame
We further require that no sub-coalition of an objecting coalition can block the objecting pay-off.
Stable Outcomes For Contract Choice Problems
The above lemma establishes the fact that the off diagonal block C of the covariance matrix is necessarily positive semidefinite for separable symmetric states.
Constraints on the uncertainties of entangled symmetric qubits
We have shown here that the off-diagonal block of the variance matrix C of a separable symmetric two qubit state is a positive semidefinite quantity.
Constraints on the uncertainties of entangled symmetric qubits
These diagonal blocks, which commute with ieff , are labeled with the subscript eff (presumably for effective), while the two off-diagonal blocks, which anticommute with ieff , are not effective for the quantum theory consideration.
Book Review of Stephen L. Adler's, "Quantum theory as an emergent phenomenon."
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