close down

This page is about the phrasal verb close down.

Meaning: If a business closes down, or if someone closes it down, it stops operating.

Synonym: shut down

For example:

  • close down sth The police closed down the dance club because it allowed teenagers to buy alcoholic drinks.

  • close sth down Our bookshop wasn't making any money so we had to close it down.

Quick Quiz:

Many of the shops on the main street of our town are closing down

a. at 5 o'clock every afternoon

b. for the New Year holiday

c. because the new mall has taken their business

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