Origin of shutoff
Definition for shut off (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), shut, shut·ting.
verb (used without object), shut, shut·ting.
- to close, especially temporarily; end or suspend operations, services, or business activity.
- to stop operating or stop the operation of (a machine): Did you remember to shut down your computer?
- Also shut down on/upon.Informal. to hinder; check; stop from doing or saying something: He appeared on the talk show to shut down his critics.
- Informal. to defeat or outdo:The team was able to shut down the offense.
- to settle over so as to envelop or darken: The fog shut down rapidly.
- to enclose.
- to confine, as from illness: She broke her leg in a fall and has been shut in for several weeks.
- to stop the passage of (water, traffic, electricity, etc.); close off.
- to isolate; separate: an outpost almost completely shut off from civilization.
- to keep from entering; exclude.
- to hide from view.
- to prevent (an opponent or opposing team) from scoring, as in a game of baseball.
- to imprison; confine.
- to close entirely.
- to stop talking; become silent: I thought the neighbors would never shut up and let me sleep.
- to stop (someone) from talking; silence.
Origin of shut
Related formshalf-shut, adjectivere·shut, verb, re·shut, re·shut·ting.un·shut, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for shut off
verb shuts, shutting or shut
- to refuse to think about
- to render impossible
Word Origin for shut
Idioms and Phrases with shut off (1 of 2)
Stop the flow or passage of, as in They shut off the water while repairs were being made. [Early 1800s]
Close off, isolate, as in Loners shut themselves off from the community. [First half of 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with shut off (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with shut
- shut down
- shut off
- shut one's eyes to
- shut out
- shut the door
- shut up
- close (shut) down
- close (shut) one's eyes to
- close (shut) the door on
- keep one's mouth shut
- open and shut case
- put up or shut up