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for To shut off
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Shut \Shut\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shut; p. pr. & vb. n.
Shutting.] [OE. shutten, schutten, shetten, schitten, AS.
scyttan to shut or lock up (akin to D. schutten, G.
sch["u]tzen to protect), properly, to fasten with a bolt or
bar shot across, fr. AS. sce['o]tan to shoot. [root]159. See
1. To close so as to hinder ingress or egress; as, to shut a
door or a gate; to shut one's eyes or mouth.
2. To forbid entrance into; to prohibit; to bar; as, to shut
the ports of a country by a blockade.
Shall that be shut to man which to the beast
Is open? --Milton.
3. To preclude; to exclude; to bar out. "Shut from every
4. To fold together; to close over, as the fingers; to close
by bringing the parts together; as, to shut the hand; to
shut a book.
To shut in.
(a) To inclose; to confine. "The Lord shut him in." --Cen.
(b) To cover or intercept the view of; as, one point shuts
To shut off.
(a) To exclude.
(b) To prevent the passage of, as steam through a pipe, or
water through a flume, by closing a cock, valve, or
To shut out, to preclude from entering; to deny admission
to; to exclude; as, to shut out rain by a tight roof.
To shut together, to unite; to close, especially to close
To shut up.
(a) To close; to make fast the entrances into; as, to shut
up a house.
(b) To obstruct. "Dangerous rocks shut up the passage."
--Sir W. Raleigh.
(c) To inclose; to confine; to imprison; to fasten in; as,
to shut up a prisoner.
Before faith came, we were kept under the law,
shut up unto the faith which should afterwards
be revealed. --Gal. iii.
(d) To end; to terminate; to conclude.
When the scene of life is shut up, the slave
will be above his master if he has acted better.
(e) To unite, as two pieces of metal by welding.
(f) To cause to become silent by authority, argument, or
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