a shutting down, as of a factory, school, or machine; a termination or suspension of operations, services, or business activity: a partial government shutdown;an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor.
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How to use shutdown in a sentence
Jersey City unions responded to the shutdown of extra duty work in 2019 by suing the mayor.How the Police Bank Millions Through Their Union Contracts | by Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press, and Agnes Chang, Jeff Kao and Agnel Philip, ProPublica | February 8, 2021 | ProPublica
As the shutdown continued into July, Riley’s position was eliminated, and the restaurant sold off much of the extensive wine collection she had built.Sommeliers have been forced to pivot in the pandemic, and their futures remain uncertain | Dave McIntyre | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Governors' shutdowns did not cause the pandemic jobs crisisStill, even if your client’s employer invites him back to the office, it will also probably accommodate those colleagues who prefer to continue working remotely.Video conferences are here to stay, even after we go back to the office. Get used to it. | Karla Miller | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Still, she said, there could be jumps in community spread as some jurisdictions consider loosening shutdown guidelines.Maryland Democrats call for ‘course correction’ amid regionwide frustration over vaccine rollout | Erin Cox, Rebecca Tan, Antonio Olivo | February 3, 2021 | Washington Post
Government-directed Internet shutdowns are, troublingly, on the rise.Myanmar: How repressive regimes quash dissent with Internet shutdowns | Robert Hackett | February 2, 2021 | Fortune
He added, "I have not had this many phone calls since the shutdown of the government, truthfully."Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup | Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
They added that the shutdown was temporary and they plan to resume the trial in January.
With a government shutdown looming, Nancy Pelosi and Michele Bachmann are on the same side.Bachmann and Pelosi vs. Boehner and Obama Over Spending Bill | Ben Jacobs | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In their opinion, this would allow conservatives to lay a marker down on immigration while avoiding a shutdown for the time being.Bachmann and Pelosi vs. Boehner and Obama Over Spending Bill | Ben Jacobs | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not so long ago, many were predicting that the government shutdown would kill Republican chances in 2014.
If a necessary shutdown occurred at night the silence awakened all sleepers in the neighborhood.The Pinos Altos Story | Dorothy Watson
British Dictionary definitions for shutdown
the closing of a factory, shop, etc
(as modifier): shutdown costs
to cease or cause to cease operation
(tr) to close by lowering
(tr) (of fog) to descend and envelop
(intr; foll by on or upon) informal to put a stop to; clamp down on
(tr) to reduce the power level of (a nuclear reactor) to the lowest possible value
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Other Idioms and Phrases with shutdown
See close down, def. 1.
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