an object or device that shuts (something) off: the automatic shutoff on a heater.
an act or instance of shutting off something, as an opening, a flow, or a service: a shutoff of electric power due to unpaid bills.
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How to use shutoff in a sentence
It was a huge step for Rick, who had become increasingly shut-off from feelings of sympathy.A Primer For ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Four Premiere | Melissa Leon | October 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the shut-off proved to be short lived and by 2002 Pakistan was already providing sanctuary for Mullah Omar.
A shut-off valve was fitted in each of the eduction pipes leading to the condensers.Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic' | British Government
Matt flung down the can, adjusted the needle-valve of the gasoline shut-off which he had found out of order, and tried the motor.Motor Matt's Daring, or, True to His Friends | Stanley R. Matthews
The jar of its fall had closed the gasoline shut-off, and he picked the machine out of the dust and once more got into the seat.Motor Matt's Daring, or, True to His Friends | Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for shut-off
a device that shuts something off, esp a machine control
a stoppage or cessation
to stem the flow of
to block off the passage through
to isolate or separate
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Other Idioms and Phrases with shutoff
Stop the flow or passage of, as in They shut off the water while repairs were being made. [Early 1800s]
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