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prae-clūdo , si, sum, 3, v. a. claudo, to shut in front, hence, in gen., shut to, to close (class.).
I. Lit.: “portas praeclusit,Caes. B. C. 2, 19 fin.: “praecludere portas consuli,id. ib. 3, 12: “fores,Prop. 2, 4 (5), 21: “portus classi,Luc. 9, 39: “horrea,Suet. Calig. 26 fin.: “via lapidum ruinā praeclusa,blocked up, Suet. Oth. 8 fin.Transf., with a personal object: “praeclusit cunctos negotiatores,” i. e. closed their shops, Suet. Ner. 32.—
II. Transf.
2. To shut up or off, to hinder, stop, impede: “effugium alicui,Lucr. 1, 973: “vocem alicui,Liv. 33, 13, 5; cf.: “linguam cani, ne latret,Phaedr. 1, 22, 5.
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