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cordon sth off

verb uk phrasal verb with cordon   /ˈkɔː.dən/ us    /ˈkɔːr-/
If people in authority, such as the police, cordon off a building or area, they put something around it in order to stop people from entering it: They've cordoned off the whole area because of a suspected bomb.
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