Definition of close something up (or close up) in English:

close something up (or close up)

phrasal verb

  • 1Cause to cease or cease operation or being used.

    ‘the broker advised me to close the house up for the time being’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like I said, I'm this close to closing this business up.’
    • ‘The management company came by and ‘closed them up.’’
    • ‘‘He stopped betting as the bookies closed up shop after the police decided to crack down on gambling,’ she explained.’
    • ‘Sometime in the middle of last year, the business pulled the plug - literally - and closed up shop.’
  • 2close up(of an opening) grow smaller or become blocked by something.

    ‘she felt her throat close up’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She couldn't breathe; her throat was closing up.’
    • ‘I felt my throat closing up, my palms getting sweaty.’
    • ‘My throat was closing up, and my heart thudded loudly in my chest.’
    • ‘Her throat was closing up, she could not swallow or breathe, and within five minutes she had lost consciousness.’
    • ‘She could feel her throat closing up and knew she was going to start crying any moment.’
    • ‘My throat began to close up as I struggled not to break down in tears.’
    • ‘If the hole closes up, the sinus can potentially become infected and fill up with pus again.’