Definition of close up in English:

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close up

1 (also close something up) Stop using or operating a business or building: the solicitor advised me to close the house up for the time being
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  • Two houses have been closed up for the winter already.
  • A newly paved road, financed by remittances, leads to a virtual ghost town where more than half the homes are closed up.
  • Heritage listing, however, does not imply that a place would be closed up and treated as a museum piece.
2 (close up) (Of an opening) grow smaller or become blocked by something: she felt her throat close up
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  • His throat closed up, his eyes filled with tears, his face flushed with anger and sorrow mixed.
  • He felt his throat close up, his heart stop, gooseflesh creep up every inch of his skin.
  • I choked on my own tears, and my throat closed up.
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