shut off something

shut off something
shut off (something) to stop the operation of a machine or system.

Did you shut off the light in the bedroom?

To repair the leak they have to shut the water off in the entire building.


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  • shut off — (something) to stop the operation of a machine or system. Did you shut off the light in the bedroom? To repair the leak they have to shut the water off in the entire building …   New idioms dictionary

  • shut off — verb 1. stem the flow of (Freq. 1) shut off the gas when you leave for a vacation • Syn: ↑close off • Hypernyms: ↑discontinue, ↑stop, ↑cease, ↑give up, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • shut off — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you shut off something such as an engine or an electrical item, you turn it off to stop it working. [V P n (not pron)] They pulled over and shut off the engine... [V n P] Will somebody for God s sake shut that alarm off. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • shut off — shut (someone/something) off to separate someone or something from others. A major interstate highway shuts the area off from the rest of the city. When her husband died she shut herself off from everyone. They just wanted to shut off all the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • shut|off — shut off or shut|off «SHUHT F, OF», noun. 1. something that shuts off, as a valve or switch: »an automatic shut off. 2. the state of being shut off: »a temporary shut off of electricity …   Useful english dictionary

  • shut-off — shutˈ off noun 1. A device that stops the flow or operation of something 2. A stoppage • • • Main Entry: ↑shut …   Useful english dictionary

  • shut-off — [shutôf΄] n. 1. something that shuts off a flow or movement, as a valve 2. a stoppage or interruption * * * …   Universalium

  • shut-off — [shutôf΄] n. 1. something that shuts off a flow or movement, as a valve 2. a stoppage or interruption …   English World dictionary

  • shut off — phrasal verb Word forms shut off : present tense I/you/we/they shut off he/she/it shuts off present participle shutting off past tense shut off past participle shut off 1) [intransitive/transitive] if a machine shuts off, or if someone shuts it… …   English dictionary

  • shut off — {v.} 1. To make (something like water or electricity) stop coming. * /Please shut off the hose before the grass gets too wet./ Compare: TURN OFF. 2. To be apart; be separated from; also to separate from. * /Our camp is so far from the highway we… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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