View Poll Results: The police closed the road ___ while they searched for the suspects.

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    108 40.60%
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    Why don't you tell us the solution,tdol? I'm waiting for it!!!

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    A business can be closed down, but I didn't find it suitable for a road or a quarter.
    I hesitated between 'closed up' (meaning completely closed, as in 'drink up') and 'closed off' (because the road is cut off the neighborhood).
    The former sounded too much like a close-up picture though
    I cheated and looked it up eventually...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    A business can be closed down, but I didn't find it suitable for a road or a quarter.
    I hesitated between 'closed up' (meaning completely closed, as in 'drink up') and 'closed off' (because the road is cut off the neighborhood).
    The former sounded too much like a close-up picture though
    I cheated and looked it up eventually...

    FRC
    Excellent. :D

    By the way, you can close down a location (i.e. one that used to be in working condition).

    EX: They closed down the construction on the road.
    EX: They closed down the store/office/site.

    Compare,

    EX: They closed off the road.
    (They temporarily closed the road)

    EX: They closed down the road.
    (It's no longer in working condition, no longer drivable.) :D

    You could also say,

    EX: They closed up the road--especially if the surface of the road had been opened up, dug up for repairs or maintenance.

    All the best,

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    The answer is "off," isn't it?


    close down (something) or close (something) down : to permanently stop the services or activities of (a business, school, etc.)
    ▪ They closed down [=closed, shut down] the school due to financial problems.

    close (something) up or close up (something) : to close and lock all the doors of (a house, store, etc.)
    ▪ They closed up the house and left town.

    close off (something) or close (something) off : to not allow (something) to be used for a period of time :
    ▪ The city closed off the beach to tourists.
    ▪ closing off a road with barriers
    ▪ Half of the museum was closed off while they made the changes.

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    Default Re: Close

    That's what I would use.

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    I Think I chose the wrong answer

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    Anyone that picked anything other than 'off', should know better!!!!!!!DUH

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