I know that questions can be closed but was wondering if the same applies to answers too; if there are no such operations for answers, what similar options do users have?
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Any post can be locked by a moderator so that no new activity can occur on it, including voting, editing and commenting. As far as answers go, this is done mostly to 'freeze the action' while content disputes are being resolved, or to curtail a stream of off topic, noisy comments.
Any lock on an answer would be temporary, if something was fundamentally wrong with the answer that continued causing problems, the most likely solution would be deleting it until it was edited to not cause whatever problem it was causing.
If you see an answer that shows evidence of an edit war or excessive commenting, flag it for moderator attention to let us know.
However, no - answers can't be closed like questions.
The point of closing questions is to prevent new answers from coming. CLoseworthy questions tend to attract answers that make the situation worse--to stop this derailing into madness we close them.
What would closing an answer do? Sure, you can lock an answer (prevent comments/edits), but that is only for really popular answers.
If you don't like an answer, downvote it. If it's spam/offensive/not answering the question, flag it.