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Difference between Close something up and Shut something up

close something up

1. (of a well) close by filling up:

  • We must close up the old well, it’s dangerous.

2. (of a road) close by blocking:

  • Leaving town I saw a few signs saying that the road was closed up ahead.

3. cause smth. to join together:

  • Children have to learn to close up their letters when writing.

4. (of a building, shop, etc.) close (for a short time):

  • We are closing up the house for the weekend.

shut something up —(of a building, shop, etc.) close securely; make safe by locking:

  • We’re going to shut the house up for the summer while we are away.