close off


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v close off block off the passage through "We shut off the valve"
    • v close off isolate or separate "She was shut off from the friends"
    • v close off stem the flow of "shut off the gas when you leave for a vacation"
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  • Meister Eckhart
    “Man goes far away or near but God never goes far-off; he is always standing close at hand, and even if he cannot stay within he goes no further than the door.”


In literature:

Take chops or steaks from a loin of mutton, cut off the bone close to the meat, and trim off the skin, and part of the fat.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
He was dining close by; I went over and worked on his feelings until he agreed to take Dorothy off my hands.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
At four in the morning, the ship was close in under the north shore, and we wore off the land.
"Ned Myers" by James Fenimore Cooper
FEDYA is lying on the sofa, his eyes closed, coat off.
"Redemption and Two Other Plays" by Leo Tolstoy
Evidently the man on our left was fooled by it, for he sheered off, but within a bowshot they began to close on us again.
"The Trail Book" by Mary Austin
Cut the neck off close to the body, as in Fig.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Presently Manderton closed the corridor door, shutting off the sound abruptly.
"The Yellow Streak" by Valentine Williams
The sun fell warmly on Kazan's back as they shoved off, and he closed his eyes, and rested his head on Joan's lap.
"Kazan" by James Oliver Curwood
At the close there was an intermission for carrying off the dead.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 34, November 19, 1870" by Various
ICKY took flight with them, and got so close to the sun that the wax melted and his wings came off.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 35, November 26, 1870" by Various

In poetry:

The foe rode close behind me!
I lost the day for this—
I sprang from off my stallion
And left on him a kiss.
"The Warrior Maid" by Anna Hempstead Branch
Then Mary could feel her heart-blood curdle cold!
Again the rough wind hurried by,—
It blew off the hat of the one, and behold
Even close to the feet of poor Mary it roll'd,—
She felt, and expected to die.
"Mary - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
The Lady sigh'd, and closely prest
A sleeping infant to her breast;
Shook off sweet tears of love, and smil'd,
Kissing the fingers of the child,
Which round her own unconscious clung,
Then fondly gaz'd, and softly sung:
"Fragment 3" by Matilda Betham
That kind lady took the child instantly in her lap,
And made it very comfortable by giving it some pap;
And when she took its close off, what d'you think she found?
A couple of ten pun notes sewn up, in its little gownd!
"The Lamentable Ballad Of The Foundling Of Shoreditch" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The innocent-faced old mother-sheep,
Who bleated and stamped to greet Bo-Peep,
With their tails shorn close, were odd enough;
But the very oddest of all was when a
Group of the lambs went galloping off,
All legs, and hadn't any!
"Little Bo-Beep" by Clara Doty Bates
And close to the point where the Pow falls into the Tay,
Which the people that escaped drowning will remember for many a day,
Because many of the passengers were thrown off their balance;
But, most fortunately, they were all saved merely by chance.
"An Excursion Steamer Sunk in the Tay" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Like Ben, wearing Union colours , this time on a hat, the child was close to nodding off despite all the excitement.
It's a running joke in the house Larsen shares with five of her teammates that the senior Baylor forward was notoriously stingy with her affection her freshman year, almost closed off.
City could close 2 stations, lay off firefighters.
The Columbiana County Courthouse hallways are no longer crowded, and an off-site location opened specifically because of those crowds is now closed.
It made me sick to my stomach to read that Campbell's Soup Co. Was closing two plants and laying off 700 employees.
When the Vineland High School boys cross country team faced off with rival Millville early this past season, both teams knew it would be a close meet.
The Pink Tea Cup 's telephones have been ringing off the hook for two weeks straight, ever since its owner decided to close the legendary West Village soul food restaurant after 55 years.
President Barack Obama kicked off the final push towards Election Day with what sounded like a closing argument meant to reassure voters that by voting for him, they know what they're getting.
Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without power, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain.
This is your chance to win free stuff just for representing your workplace, and officially closing off the work day.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — One of the five buildings that make up Dayton's historic downtown arcade is crumbling so badly that the sidewalk in front has been closed off so no one gets hurt from falling glass.
EADS and BAE Systems called off the world's largest defence and aviation merger today, and sources close to the talks blamed Germany for wrecking the dollar 45 billion deal.
Universal Pictures is giving our favorite bumling, yellow creatures their own spin-off movie for the upcoming ' Despicable Me 2,' and before Halloween officially comes to a close, they want you have a taste of these guys in action again.
Patrick urges schools to close, residents to stay off roads.
The city of Oxford closed Friday on an acre of land, known as the Belk property, for $2.35 million to eventually give 100 or more long-term parking spaces off the Square.

In science:

What is worse is that, even if we happen to live very close to the void center, the existence of the off-center galaxy clusters will lead to an observationally kinetic Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect due to their relative motion between the CMB frame.
Dark Energy: a Brief Review
What concerns the proton injection spectrum, it should be a hard power-law, close to E−2 , with an intrinsic cut-off around 100 TeV.
TeV Astronomy
To close the n = 1 supersymmetry off-shell, it is convenient to pass to a superfield formalism which will naturally introduce the necessary auxiliary fields.
Aspects of $\kappa$--symmetry
There is no term of higher antighost number in s because the gauge algebra closes off-shell.
Local BRST cohomology in the antifield formalism: II. Application to Yang-Mills theory
The second term will typically be close to diagonal, with a slight off-diagonality caused by heteroscedastic noise.
A method for extracting maximum resolution power spectra from microwave sky maps