close out

close out

  1. (transitive) To terminate; to call the end of.
  2. (surfing) Of a wave, to break all at once, instead of progressively along its length.
    • 2005: You either want to land on the top of the wave (if it has closed out), or in the transition — Pete Devries, Surfing Vancouver Island
  3. (computing) To terminate a computer program.
  4. (transitive) To exclude by blocking all opportunities to enter or join.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Steven Gerrard goal against Poland ensures England will go to World Cup (in The Guardian, 15 October 2013)
      Gerrard plainly had other ideas as he set off on that final, driving run into the opposition penalty area, slaloming between Kamil Glik and Grzegorz Wojtkowiak and getting his shot away as a third defender, Artur Jedzejczyk, and the goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny, tried to close him out.
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