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[shuht-awf, -of] /ˈʃʌtˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
an object or device that shuts (something) off:
the automatic shutoff on a heater.
an act or instance of shutting off something, as an opening, a flow, or a service:
a shutoff of electric power due to unpaid bills.
Also, shut-off.
Origin of shutoff
1865-70; noun use of verb phrase shut off Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Use low-flow drip-irrigation with a manual shutoff valve for the first year or so, until plants are established.
  • When food is full of nutrition our bodies have an automatic shutoff to eating too much.
  • BP says today that it still hopes to install a shutoff valve on one of them, but that's not an option for the others.
  • Finally the vehicle was in park and engine was shutoff by turning the key to the off position.
  • The doctor's letter only temporarily protects you from a shutoff, it does not stop the company from continuing to bill you.
  • shutoff valves with displaceable valve members are prohibited.
  • Know which of your home's appliances run on natural gas, and where their shutoff valves are located.
  • Leaking shutoff valves which prevent a test from being made must be repaired.
  • In addition to the lever, there was a shutoff switch, which stopped power to the entire machine.
  • If the red triangle is moving, the leak is between the shutoff valve and the water meter.

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