cordon off a few key machines and the assembly line cannot function.
I threaded my way through the silent throng of spectators, but was stopped at Fourth Street by a cordon of police.
The first part I read, a minor cordon Bleu instructor, required me to say the words “an egg.”
A group of people can cordon off your dies and force management to use nightsticks if they want to get at them.
Meanwhile, the local criminals kept the film-loving hordes at bay with a cordon of locked arms, fists and wooden clubs.
I wondered what had become of this cordon of which Fourneau had spoken.
By the time he reached the cordon a violent fusillade was in progress.
All who enter the cordon will be considered as volunteers, and set to carry water.
A cordon of cottages at a little distance were the homes of the assistant warders.
But a cordon had been drawn around the fortress, and the process of starvation had set in.
mid-15c., "cord or ribbon worn as an ornament," from Middle French cordon "ribbon," diminutive of Old French corde "cord" (see cord). Sense of "a line of people or things guarding something" is 1758. Original sense preserved in cordon bleu (1727) "the highest distinction," literally "blue ribbon," for the sky-blue ribbon worn by the Knights-grand-cross of the Holy Ghost (highest order of chivalry); extended figuratively to other persons of distinction, especially, jocularly, to a first-rate cook. Cordon sanitaire (1857), from French, a guarded line between infected and uninfected districts.
1560s, "to ornament with a ribbon;" 1891 as "to guard with a cordon;" from cordon (n.). Related: Cordoned; cordoning.