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cordon off

to place a barrier around an area


cordon off = abriegeln, absperren --- GOOGLE INDEX cordon off: approximately 400,000 Google hits



Police officers man a CORDONED OFF area in Woolwich, east London, on May 22, 2013, following an incident in which a man was killed and two others seriously injured.

(San Jose Mercury News)

The government of Yemen should immediately mark and CORDON OFF the areas where antipersonnel mines and related munitions are deployed.

(Human Rights Watch)

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cordon off
phrasal verb

- prevent access to or from an area or building by surrounding it with police or other guards

(Oxford English Dictionaries)

The verb cordon stems from the noun cordon, which has several meanings:

- a line of people, military posts, or ships stationed around an area to enclose or guard it.

- a cord or braid worn as a fastening or ornament.

- a ribbon usually worn diagonally across the breast as a badge of honour or decoration.

- in architecture, a decorative horizontal band on the exterior wall of a building

- in botany, a tree or shrub, especially a fruit tree such as an apple or pear, repeatedly pruned and trained to grow on a support as a single rope-like stem

The English cordon is from the 15th century and stems from the Middle French "cordon" (ribbon), a diminutive of the Old French corde (cord). This also the origin of the term cordon bleu, French for blue ribbon. The Cordon Bleu was the highest order of chivalry under the Bourbon kings. It has since been used for other first-class distinctions.

The term has migrated into the language as a figurative acclamation rather than actual decoration for high quality, especially for chefs. Most English speakers know the term cordon bleu as a dish made of ham and cheese wrapped in pork, then breaded and fried.


rope off, seal, close off, confine, restrict, separate, sequester, segregate

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"The street in front of our building will be cordoned off today for construction."

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