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The police closed the road ___ while they searched for the suspects.


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Tdol

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;-)
 
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cherish

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

Francois

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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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Casiopea

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Francois said:
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,
 

Daruma

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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.
 

Tdol

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That's what I would use. ;-)
 

paytonhardee

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