cordon off

If police or soldiers cordon off an area, they prevent people from entering or leaving it, usually by forming a line or ring.

[V P n (not pron)] Police cordoned off part of the city centre...

[V n P] The police cordoned everything off.


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  • cordon off — verb divide by means of a rope The police roped off the area where the crime occurred • Syn: ↑rope in, ↑rope off • Hypernyms: ↑enclose, ↑close in, ↑inclose, ↑shut in …   Useful english dictionary

  • cordon off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms cordon off : present tense I/you/we/they cordon off he/she/it cordons off present participle cordoning off past tense cordoned off past participle cordoned off 1) to form a cordon around an area Police had… …   English dictionary

  • cordon off — phr verb Cordon off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑road, ↑scene, ↑street …   Collocations dictionary

  • cordon off — verb To protect from intrusion by enclosing in a rope barrier …   Wiktionary

  • Cordon and search — is a military tactic to cordon off an area and search the premises for weapons or insurgents.[1][2] It is one of the basic counter insurgency operation.[3] Other related operations are Cordon and knock[4][5][6] …   Wikipedia

  • cordon — ► NOUN 1) a line or circle of police, soldiers, or guards forming a barrier. 2) a fruit tree trained to grow as a single stem. ► VERB (cordon off) ▪ prevent access to or from by means of a cordon. ORIGIN Italian cordone and French cordon; related …   English terms dictionary

  • cordon — cor|don1 [ˈko:dn US ˈko:rdn] n [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: cordon strip of cloth or decorative cord (16 21 centuries), from French, from corde; CORD] a line of police officers, soldiers, or vehicles that is put around an area to stop people going… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cordon — Synonyms and related words: advance guard, armed guard, bank guard, beleaguer, beset, besiege, block, blockade, blue ribbon, bolt, bottleneck, bound, box in, cage, catch, chamber, close in, coast guard, compass, contain, coop, coop in, coop up,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • cordon — cor|don1 [ kɔrdn ] noun count a line of people, especially police officers or soldiers, that stops other people from going somewhere: The army had thrown a security cordon around the hotel. cordon cor|don 2 [ kɔrdn ] verb ,cordon off phrasal verb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cordon — I UK [ˈkɔː(r)d(ə)n] / US [ˈkɔrd(ə)n] noun [countable] Word forms cordon : singular cordon plural cordons a line of people, especially police officers or soldiers, that stops other people from going somewhere The army had thrown a security cordon… …   English dictionary


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