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(to) Shut Down
In football, if you have a strong defence and are well organised you can make it difficult for the other team to score, you can shut down the game. To shut down means to decide to focus on defence and not conceding a goal. If you shut down an engine, a computer or other machine, you turn it off, you switch off the power. If you shut down a game in football, you stop attacking and make it difficult for the opposition to find space. To shut down.
- Example: Mourinho is better at shutting games down than anybody else at the highest level. (The Guardian)
- Example: I warned the players that Chris Hughton would change something and try to shut us down more.