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cordon

  
  ( cordons    plural & 3rd person present)   ( cordoning    present participle)   ( cordoned    past tense & past participle  ) A cordon is a line or ring of police, soldiers, or vehicles preventing people from entering or leaving an area.      n-count  
Police formed a cordon between the two crowds.      cordon off             phrasal verb   If police or soldiers cordon off an area, they prevent people from entering or leaving it, usually by forming a line or ring.   (=close off)  
Police cordoned off part of the city centre...      V P n (not pron)  
The police cordoned everything off.      V n P  
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exp.
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
exp.
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
v.
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
v.
to depend on something or on someone to cover the basic expenses
E.g.: He lived off the money he inherited from his father while he had been working as a volunteer.
exp.
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.
exp.
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
exp.
laughing my fucking ass off
[Slang];[Arg.]
exp.
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
exp.
(about a movie or TV series) reach a point when, due to a unauthentic scene, it loses the appreciation of the public
made popular by "Indiana Jones" whose hero survives an explosion by hiding in a fridge
exp.
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.
[Slang];[Vulg.]
n.
military aviation term: loss of visual reference during take-off or landing due to the sand or dust

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