Definition of shut in English:



  • 1Move (something) into position so as to block an opening; close.

    ‘shut the window, please’
    ‘she shut her lips tight’
    ‘she slammed the door shut’
    • ‘At four I got up and prowled the flat, checking doors and windows were shut, uncomfortable and alone.’
    • ‘The market was closed and homes were shut tight to the biting wind and rain.’
    • ‘He shut the window, shut the blinds, and opened the door, all while little Giovanni was watching.’
    • ‘I ran into the house and slammed shut the sliding glass door.’
    • ‘The day I had closed the windows, shut the door, and walked away forever.’
    • ‘They climb out of their dark, slick Mercedes silently, slamming the doors rather than shutting them.’
    • ‘Xander snapped his head up when the front door was opened and shut a second later.’
    • ‘Don't keep your bedroom door and windows shut all day long.’
    • ‘When they were no longer visible, Quentin moved to shut the door.’
    • ‘The man, 27, dragged the terrified child into his house, locked the door, shut the curtains and pulled her to the floor, a court heard.’
    • ‘But the second seed shuts the door and moves into the semi-finals on her second match point.’
    • ‘‘We will shut the door tonight and wake up in the morning with a smile on our faces,’ said coach Gary Parker.’
    • ‘Just as the girl shut the door Yuki pulled herself upright and staggered to the bed.’
    • ‘He crawled back out of his bed and crossed him room to shut his bedroom door before pulling his T-shirt over his head and slipping out of his jeans.’
    • ‘I shut my eyes and moved blindly forward, towards that door.’
    • ‘Brett said brusquely, shutting the passenger side door and hurrying around to open his own.’
    • ‘He shuts his locker door, maybe a little more harshly than usual, and just kind of gives me this stare.’
    • ‘Laughing, she ran for the bathroom and shut the door right before he slammed against it.’
    • ‘The sound of the front door opening and slamming shut a second later broke the silence between us.’
    • ‘Vincenzo closes and locks the door, and shuts the drapes.’
    close, draw to, pull to, push to, slam, fasten
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    1. 1.1no object Move or be able to be moved so as to block an opening.
      ‘the door shut behind him’
      • ‘I entered the cubicle and locked the door shut behind me.’
      • ‘As the door shut behind him, a thick, insulating blackness enfolded me.’
      • ‘When she went back to get the other two she found the door had shut behind her.’
      • ‘Rather, it was like leaving a cathedral and having the doors shut behind you.’
      • ‘Vincent, who had not moved from where he lay, heard the door shut behind them and the room fall silent.’
      • ‘When I hear what students, purporting to study for English degrees, know and do not know nowadays, I seem to sense huge doors shutting quietly behind us.’
      • ‘I hurried on in and the doors shut just behind me, breathless in a kind of disbelief - I haven't had a train driver stop a train for me before.’
      • ‘With a soft grind the library's glass door slid shut behind us.’
      • ‘Tommy stopped crying and the only thing that broke the unbearable silence of the place was the front door shutting loudly behind me.’
      • ‘Peer through the dusty glass and you might catch sight of the two thick yellow metal doors behind, jammed tightly shut with no obvious opening mechanism.’
      • ‘The last thing I hear before the door shuts behind me is a laugh shared by the doctor and Jasmine.’
      • ‘The doors shuts quietly behind her, a feature I wouldn't have expected with the likely temperament of this woman.’
      • ‘As she leaves, I hear the door shutting behind her, and I am left once more with a silence haunted by my own failure.’
      • ‘He stepped out to clean something, and the door banged shut behind him.’
      • ‘Then the figure walked out of the room, the door gently shutting behind it.’
      • ‘But as the door shuts lightly behind her, the words she's just spoken suddenly crash in Beth's mind.’
      • ‘The tour ends with a handshake and a door shut firmly behind me.’
      • ‘She took one last look at the people still inside and then turned, stifling the tears and walked out, the door shutting behind her with a hollow click.’
      • ‘The broken flyscreen door shut slowly behind her as she let go of the rusted handle, scraping across the dusty fly filled verandah.’
      • ‘Even today, I recall the clamp of the warm hand on my arm as soon as the front door shut behind me.’
    2. 1.2 Block an opening into (something) by moving something into position.
      ‘he shut the box and locked it’
      • ‘He shut the cellar door and we heard him push the boxes and rugs over it.’
      fasten, secure, close up, lock, bolt, board up
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    3. 1.3with object and adverbial Keep in a place by closing something such as a door.
      ‘it was his own dog which he had accidentally shut outside’
      • ‘He and his fellow guards handcuffed the men and took them outside, he closed the door shut, and the slaves were back to work.’
      • ‘What would you do if I shut you outside, to stand in the rain and catch cold so you died?’
      • ‘He has been shut in closets, kitchen cabinets and, once, in our filing cabinet.’
      • ‘Christopher tip-toes to the closet and quietly shuts himself inside.’
      • ‘Steve's convinced it was done by some ‘yobs’ outside and dismisses those who believe the door was blown shut by the wind.’
  • 2Fold or bring together the sides of (something) so as to close it.

    ‘he shut his book’
    • ‘He gave the lid a strong push and then clasped the latch, shutting the trunk.’
    • ‘Jordan had looked up, suddenly, while instinctively shutting her sketch book.’
    • ‘The pages began to move, but Lombard shut the book before he could see what his question had conjured.’
    • ‘Alex took pity on him, and shut his sketch book with a snap.’
    • ‘You shut your biology book with a thud, and stared at him from across the table.’
  • 3Prevent access to or along.

    ‘they ought to shut the path up to that terrible cliff’
    • ‘The work at Longsight from August 23 to 31 means a vital link in the service will be shut for nine days.’
    • ‘Apart from inadequate links between London Euston and the North West, West Coat mainline services have been shut every weekend for months.’
    • ‘Long Road was shut last Monday for emergency work on a cracked sewage trunk.’
    • ‘It is expected that the roads will be shut until at least 4pm today and that there will be major traffic congestion.’
    • ‘Even the fact that you can shut the Gaza Strip and prevent people from there going to their leader's funeral is not really right.’
    • ‘It was thought the road would be shut until about 2pm.’
    • ‘The castle is surrounded by a metal fence, and all of the entrances to it are welded shut by some of his servants to prevent anyone from coming or going.’
    • ‘The site will be shut to the public until Wednesday evening.’
    • ‘Footpaths across North and East Yorkshire were shut - with businesses in York losing millions of pounds as tourists stayed away in droves.’
    • ‘The crossing is closed off by iron gates at either side of the railway track which are opened and shut by drivers as they pass through.’
    • ‘New Road was shut until 8.45 am and queues of traffic built up back to The Causeway.’
    • ‘He points out that landowners have weakened the case for shutting access, by allowing deer stalking from last week.’
    1. 3.1 Make or become unavailable for business or service, either permanently or until due to be open again.
      with object ‘we shut the shop for lunch’
      no object ‘the accident and emergency departments will shut’
      • ‘The 14 full-time teachers and other staff were told on Tuesday last week that the school would be shutting permanently in July.’
      • ‘Recently it announced plans to shut the Frenchay hospital, consolidating its acute services on its Southmead site.’
      • ‘People worried a right of way to a primary school would be shut permanently have been reassured the closure is only temporary.’
      • ‘The wading pool has been shut but the swimming complex remains open.’
      • ‘It will also shut is Canadian business tomorrow, and has chopped 25 staff.’
      • ‘The coffee shop at the rear of large bookshop in Oxford has been shut, but will soon be reopening as a Starbucks.’
      • ‘In an amazing show of respect, shops and businesses will shut for up to three hours - as a mark of respect and to allow staff to watch the funeral.’
      • ‘Macys, which claims to be the world's biggest department store, was also shut for a time.’
      • ‘I think that bad zoos should be shut, but it is essential to keep open and well funded those which do vital conservation work open.’
      • ‘Rochdale Council's Education Department is proposing to shut Alf Kaufman School in Norden next September.’
      • ‘Businesses that were shut in the afternoon have reopened, and it's looking like things are slowly getting back to normal.’
      • ‘That is not because the business will be shut, but because the business cannot afford to pay them on a public holiday, and it will come to other arrangements.’
      • ‘Councillors backed the principle of keeping Bardsea loos open while other sources of funding such as shutting Aldingham toilets were explored with the parish councils.’
      • ‘As a threat, police officers noted the details of shops that were shut.’
      • ‘State and local investigators blamed the accident on a maintenance error that left open a natural gas valve as the boiler was being shut for routine service.’
      • ‘And on Saturday customers bade an emotional farewell to butcher Stephen Smith, who shut his Leigh shop for the final time.’
      • ‘The inquest heard the crossing is closed off by an iron gate either side of the railway track which are opened and shut by motorists as they pass through.’
      • ‘The moment one shop opens, others that stay shut lose business.’
      • ‘Last year, the board announced it would be shutting the Scottish Churches Open College, which offers a range of diploma and degree courses.’
      • ‘As usual, shops will be shut Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.’
  • 4shut itinformal no object in imperative Stop talking; be quiet.

    ‘‘Sit down and shut it’, he growled’
    be quiet, keep quiet, stay quiet, be silent, keep silent, stay silent, hold one's tongue, keep one's lips sealed
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  • be (or get) shut of

    • informal Be (or get) rid of.

      ‘I'd be glad to be shut of him’
      • ‘Now, to get this groomed effect must take quite some effort, and a lot more time than just getting shut of it all.’
      • ‘He wasn't alone or unique in his view that to be rid of milk would be to be shut of a whole lot of trouble for it was a product that in fact was eating up senior executive time and profits.’
      • ‘Surely the administration's desire to be shut of that country, at least in appearances before the November elections must play a part in these hopes.’
      • ‘On the other hand, the President himself may wish he could be shut of it as an issue by summer, so that it doesn't become a burden to his re-election chances.’
      • ‘But he finally got shut of the shop, enabling him to move out of the area, when the Mini-Mart and three-bedroom maisonette was sold.’
      • ‘The room, darkened both by the sun's setting and the closed blinds, was shut of all noise and interference, save for the monitoring devices secured around the bed.’
      • ‘Those poor lads must be relieved to be shut of me and my nagging.’
      • ‘If it was losing money, then I say get shut of it and spend the money on something more important, like players.’
      • ‘That means every rag and tag merchant who can't afford enough guards of his own wants to attach himself to Kilthan's coattails, and, since the roads are open to all, we can't be shut of them.’
      • ‘We used to wash the eggs and he'd get shut of them.’
      throw away, throw out, dispose of, get rid of, do away with, toss out, throw on the scrapheap, clear out, discard, remove, dispense with, lose, eliminate, dump, bin, jettison, shed, dismiss, expel, eject, weed out, root out
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  • shut the door on (or to)

  • shut one's eyes to

  • shut one's mind to

  • shut the stable door after the horse has bolted

    • see stable
      • ‘In our view that's shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
      • ‘Installing a proper system for checking that illegal meat is not imported might be shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
      • ‘This smacks of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
      • ‘Freedman also argues that restrictions on short-selling now are shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
      • ‘This apparent change of direction, while better late than never, is a case of " shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted ".’
      • ‘He said: "At the moment, we're not allowed to close footpaths until we get swine fever, which really is shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted."’
      • ‘It is called shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted and not having the moral courage to admit they are wrong.’
      • ‘He has decided now that there will be an internal review and an overhaul of the procedures, but he's just shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
      • ‘The only samples frozen indefinitely are the ones that have already tested positive - a classic case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
      • ‘The government follows every terrorist attack with an announcement of new laws - shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
  • shut up shop

    • 1Cease trading.

      • ‘This place is losing money and you can only go on doing that for so long before you have to shut up shop.’
      • ‘But the three-storey tea bar, which had £500,000 backing, has been plagued with problems since it opened 15 months ago and has shut up shop.’
      • ‘Sharon Hudson, who runs furniture shop The Town House in Micklegate, said she was shutting up shop at lunchtime.’
      • ‘Yorkshire farmers and rural businesses are being urged to shut up shop for a day and join a mass march in London to demonstrate against the Government's handling of the foot-and-mouth crisis.’
      • ‘Traders in Walcot are shutting up shop early because their customers have become too frightened to buy groceries.’
      • ‘The statistics show 8,600 farmers shut up shop and 6,600 farm workers left the industry in the 12 months to June this year.’
      • ‘He is even considering shutting up shop while the work is on because no one - except for hungry roadworkers - will be able to get to him.’
      • ‘Haberdasher Mary Tinson shut up shop for the last time on Tuesday after 38 years selling fabric and buttons to the people of Chippenham.’
      • ‘I think there will be more than a few tears when this great old building shuts up shop.’
      • ‘Corus can make more money by shutting up shop and moving abroad.’
      1. 1.1informal Cease doing something.
        ‘flowers that come in one great burst, then shut up shop for the rest of the year’
        • ‘‘I had no option but to shut up shop as everything was a complete mess and the dining room was unusable,’ said Mrs Ratcliffe.’
        • ‘On Tuesday I should have made some changes and shut up shop, but you learn from these things.’
        • ‘So why is horse racing simply waiting for things to get worse - and awaiting official instructions - rather than shutting up shop?’
        • ‘A meeting was held and we came very close to shutting up shop.’
        • ‘The Britain in Europe campaign is shutting up shop, firing its regional directors.’
        • ‘But in contrast to other national institutions that are shutting up shop for Christmas nobody knows when - if ever - it will re-open.’
        • ‘I think that's because the good teams often come here and shut up shop so we have to cope with that.’
        • ‘Barry, who will shut up shop at the end of May at the age of 64, said he would carry on singing.’
        • ‘Grange town councillors welcomed news of the extra manpower but expressed frustration that it would not mean the resurrection of Grange's police station which shut up shop in February 1999.’
        • ‘This could be still taken into account with a bonus point system, to encourage teams to continue scoring or taking wickets instead of shutting up shop or going on the defensive.’
  • shut your face (or mouth or trap)!

    • informal Used as a rude or angry way of telling someone to be quiet.

      • ‘Just keep your eyes on the road and shut your mouth!’
      • ‘Chris, I'll be gone in an hour and you and your friends can yell as much as you want, now shut your mouth!’
      • ‘We're not getting the stuff all right, so just put on your seatbelt and shut your mouth!’
      • ‘I'm about to push you into the pool if you don't shut your mouth!’
      • ‘This advice only confuses me - should I tell the plant or Paul to ‘shut your trap!’’
      • ‘You don't know anything about him, so shut your mouth!’
      • ‘John, for once in your life, shut your mouth!’
      • ‘The operative is named Sam Fisher, and he is one bad mother (shut your mouth!).’
      • ‘Oh and one more thing, if anyone's the spoiled brat here it's you so shut your mouth!’
      • ‘On that note, this letter shows that when such opinions are published, we, the readers, will respond with a united ‘shut your mouth!’’

Phrasal Verbs

  • shut someone/something away

    • Keep someone or something inside a place so as not to be seen or contacted by other people.

      ‘she supposes that Mrs Tilney was shut away in her bedroom chamber’
      • ‘He was a real human being who didn't shut himself away.’
      • ‘Filmed through the bars they appear to have been shut away in a camp already.’
      • ‘I cannot believe how my Aunt shut her away like that.’
      • ‘Please don't punish your cat by shutting him/her away.’
      • ‘The grand building will close its doors for the final time on Tuesday shutting away 115 years of history.’
      • ‘In the worst cases, sufferers can shut themselves away indoors, shunning all social contact.’
      • ‘A woman was ordered into her basement by two burglars who left her shut away whilst they looted her Whitton home last Friday evening.’
      • ‘She knew her daughter very well, too, despite how Kimberly tried to hide from her, shut herself away.’
      • ‘The unlucky ones were herded aboard two small freighters, where they were shut away in total darkness in the cargo holds.’
      • ‘With the years, Highsmith became ever more like Tom Ripley shut away from humankind in his train compartment, ever more apart.’
      confine, isolate, cloister, sequester, seclude, closet, immure
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  • shut down (or shut something down)

    • Cease (or cause something to cease) business or operation.

      ‘the plant's operators decided to shut down the reactor’
      • ‘The bank's prominent embassy and international operations will be shut down in an attempt to bury a scandal that has the potential of becoming much larger.’
      • ‘Three sawmills were shut down during the operation and 33 people arrested, said Riau Police chief Brig.’
      • ‘If a buyer isn't found, the businesses will be shut down.’
      • ‘Speaking to reporters, Endriartono said that loss-making businesses would be shut down, while profitable ones would be either acquired by the government or sold to the private sector.’
      • ‘This follows last year's staff reduction of 25 per cent when overseas operations were shut down.’
      • ‘Coke's operations were shut down in the early 90's during Somalia's civil war.’
      • ‘Stranded passengers seen outside Piarco International Airport, yesterday, after operations were shut down because of a bomb threat.’
      • ‘In 1957 the operation was shut down after producing 43,061,767 pounds of copper.’
      • ‘The 50-year-old solicitor's career has been in tatters since he lost an appeal against conviction for being drunk and disorderly and his business was shut down.’
      • ‘Mining continued until the ore reserves were exhausted, and the operation was shut down 1 April 1925.’
      cease activity, close, close down, cease production, cease operating, come to a halt, go on strike, cease trading, collapse, fail, crash, go under, go to the wall, go bankrupt, become insolvent, go into receivership, go into liquidation, be liquidated, be wound up, be closed, be closed down, be shut, be shut down
      close, close down, discontinue, put into receivership, liquidate, put into liquidation
      switch off, power down, stop, halt
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  • shut someone/something in

    • 1Keep someone or something inside a place by closing something such as a door.

      ‘her parents shut her in an upstairs room’
      • ‘I shut the horse in the stable and I closed my jacket over my bloody shirt.’
      • ‘Also in England, the £3.6m Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London's Hyde Park was shut in July after three people slipped and injured themselves inside the stone ring.’
      • ‘He grabbed the ramp and pulled it up, closing it behind him until it shut him in and the only sound he could hear was that of his own ragged breath.’
      • ‘The packing site in Claremorris will be the third facility to close, with plants in Foxfield and Carbury shutting their doors in recent months.’
      • ‘All the parents living in the neighborhood got together and resolved to shut her in her house.’
      • ‘With that, April roughly shut the door in their faces and marched directly to her parent's bedroom.’
      • ‘She quickly took her inside then shut the door in my face.’
      • ‘The doors closed, then, shutting me in a room with over a dozen Rris.’
      • ‘But, as usual I ruin the possible best moment of my life by running inside and shutting the door in his face.’
      • ‘Opening and shutting the car door in one shift motion, Mitch dove inside the car as he heard yells in the background.’
      confine, enclose, impound, shut up, pen, pen in, pen up, fence in, hedge in
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      1. 1.1Enclose or surround a place.
        ‘the village is shut in by the mountains on either side’
      2. 1.2Trap something by shutting a door or drawer on it.
        ‘you shut your finger in the door’
        • ‘One ambulance crew member, who also asked not to be identified, said: ‘A three-year-old boy ripped his finger off by shutting it in the car door and it was put through as a non-priority.’’
        • ‘Glorg had tried to shut the lid of the cigar box on Duke's fingers.’
        • ‘She paused for a moment as though opening and shutting drawers in her head.’
        • ‘And on a completely different subject (that of pain) I just shut my finger in a drawer while taking a pen out of it.’
        • ‘‘We can fold the buggy up if you like,’ Mr Upstairs said in a tone of voice which really meant, ‘I'd rather shut my fingers in the door than create any room for you.’’
  • shut off (or shut something off)

    • 1(especially in relation to water, electricity, or gas) stop (or cause to stop) flowing.

      ‘he was about to shut off the power’
      • ‘About half an hour after the original blast, the power had been shut off, knocking out the supply to about 60 town centre premises, including banks and shops.’
      • ‘Well, the good news is, for me, my hot water has not been shut off, I still have my parking privileges so I'm grateful.’
      • ‘That's when it was determined - or somehow the electricity was shut off to the concert stage, and police officials announced that the crowd was immediately ordered to disperse.’
      • ‘When he was 30 metres away from the scene, the hydrant burst and he rushed to find a stop valve to shut the water off, which he managed to do after about ten minutes.’
      • ‘I heard they bombed the power plant to black out the city, and that the water was shut off.’
      • ‘The room lights have been shut off so that the room is relatively dimly lit.’
      • ‘A fire in a sprinkler-equipped house is less likely to spread and cause the house to be an entire loss, but keep in mind that once a sprinkler starts spraying, it keeps spraying until the water is shut off.’
      • ‘Monday I came home to a letter in my mailbox, advising all residents of my building that unless the water bill is paid in person by November 20th, the water will be shut off.’
      • ‘If a bathtub or shower is leaking, it is necessary to shut the water off at the main water shut-off and call your professional plumber.’
      • ‘The first was that there was a fire on a train at Romford and the power had been shut off.’
      1. 1.1Stop (or cause to stop) working.
        ‘the engines shut off automatically’
        • ‘An idle-stop function saves had by shutting the engine off during deceleration and when stopped, and regenerative braking supplies electricity to recharge the battery or to run the vehicle electric-only.’
        • ‘High quality heaters feature a tip-over safety switch, which automatically shuts the heater off if it should get knocked over.’
        • ‘Because the intake system of the manifold was running cool air, all Feazell's team had to worry about was the resident heat after the engine was shut off.’
        • ‘Darrius shut the engine off and leaned on the steering wheel, taking a good look at Prudence.’
        • ‘The furnace is equipped with a safety feature which automatically shuts it off when it gets too hot.’
        • ‘Then the job is done, and the generator engine is shut off, reluctantly, slowly it cranks down.’
        • ‘As he shut the engine off, he heard a very loud scream.’
        • ‘So you can save fuel by shutting off your engine.’
        • ‘She pulled into her driveway and shut the engine off.’
        • ‘Our trucks have a mechanism that automatically shuts the engine off if it's idling over the limit.’
      2. 1.2Block the entrances and exits of something.
        ‘the six compartments were being shut off from each other’
        • ‘Both the rear door and two side entrances were shut off from the outside world by neck-high wooden swing-doors.’
        • ‘The justly celebrated Rijksmuseum is still undergoing renovations, so most of it is shut off, with just a small collection of Dutch Old Masters available for viewing.’
        • ‘Visitors have noted, with exasperation and frustration, that their gateways can be shut off by illegal street parking.’
        • ‘The exit and most of the room was shut off by a massive pile of metal and concrete.’
        • ‘The girl reaches up above her head, pulls down the metal blind that shuts the bar off from the rest of the room and locks it in place with the padlock.’
        • ‘Firefighters had problems getting to the basement because of the way it had been shut off from the rest of the house.’
        • ‘The new three-storey building is specially designed so parts of it can be shut off for community use in the evenings and weekends.’
        close off, seal off, tape off, fence off, rope off, screen off, curtain off, cordon off, partition off, separate off, isolate, segregate, blockade, quarantine
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  • shut oneself off

    • Isolate oneself from other people.

      ‘I couldn't shut myself off forever’
      • ‘I don't like it when people shut themselves off and keep others at arm's length.’
      • ‘In an age where it is too easy to shut ourselves off to the world, it is refreshing to see that the public won't allow the pre-emptive agenda of politicians get in the way of its priorities.’
      • ‘She will shut herself off from the world around her, and stand for long periods flapping her hands.’
      • ‘He struggled with alcohol and shut himself off to people.’
      • ‘The director of the York branch of the Samaritans, said that farmers were suffering high stress levels because they were shutting themselves off from the world in a bid to stop the disease spreading.’
      • ‘Australia's health minister said that the country of 20 million people would shut itself off from the rest of the world if a human flu pandemic breaks out.’
      • ‘I'm not shutting myself off, I'm just taking a little time for myself.’
      • ‘Imagine the feelings that course through you as you brew your tea and anticipate the pleasure of shutting yourself off from the world for an afternoon.’
      • ‘Hibernation is nature's way of shutting ourselves off as does growth a time to rest and recharge our energy.’
      • ‘He literally just sat here rocking, shutting himself off from the world really.’
  • shut someone/something out

    • 1Screen someone or something from view.

      ‘clouds shut out the stars’
      • ‘Free and unfettered, the press can shut people out, ignore their views, or unfairly constrict debate.’
      • ‘And so it grew and grew until the summit was shut out of view from the valley, and over the valley itself was an everextending canopy, opaque and grey.’
      keep out, block out, screen, cover up, hide, conceal, veil
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      1. 1.1Block something from the mind.
        ‘anything he didn't like he shut out’
        • ‘The tears slid down my cheeks and I closed my eyes to shut his face out of my mind.’
        • ‘He shut his uncharacteristic anxiety out of his mind disdainfully.’
        • ‘But I had promised her that she had my blessing, so I tried to shut the issue out of my mind.’
        • ‘I've shut it out of my mind, because it was a violent, unpleasant, horrible and ugly experience.’
        • ‘Students, staff, and faculty of the schools and colleges of the have been shut out of learning and conducting research by the oppressive military siege.’
        • ‘I tried to shut it out of my mind, sitting down under a tree and covering my ears as a crack of thunder erupted in my head.’
        • ‘Taking a deep breath, I shut the call out of my mind and pushed myself from the uncomfortable wooden chair to my feet.’
        • ‘He had to shut the thoughts out of his mind as he suddenly came to grip with all the change engulfing him.’
        • ‘I thought the story had run its course and I shut royal affairs out of my mind.’
        • ‘A part of her first conversation with John came back to her, and her mind could not shut it out even though it desperately wanted to.’
        block, suppress, halt, stop, forget
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    • 2Prevent something from occurring or someone from doing something.

      ‘there was a high-mindedness which shut out any consideration of alternatives’
      • ‘The best officials usually don't know the final score; they officiate in a zone, where the crowd noise is shut out.’
      • ‘The pair put on 121 runs for the seventh wicket and went a long way in shutting India out of the game.’
      • ‘The Indians were shut out three times in his first 14 starts and scored three runs or fewer in eight of them.’
      • ‘So Jim Carrey was shut out of Oscar consideration again this year.’
      • ‘There's even talk that some of their summer league games will be on ESPN, after the team was shut out of national telecasts this past season.’
      • ‘South Africa had already guaranteed a spot in the finals but, aiming to shut the Australians out of the best-of-three finals series, abandoned the biggest run-chase of the series.’
      • ‘She postponed medical school in the hopes of winning her first, but she entered the week facing the possibility she would be shut out.’
      • ‘In an increasingly bitter and acrimonious environment, rival groups have been using ‘no platform’ policies to shut their opponents out of university grounds.’
      • ‘McDowall was inadvertently wrongly listed in the best actor rather than best supporting actor category at Academy Award nomination time, effectively shutting him out of consideration in either.’
      • ‘One agent says Boras is seething simply because he was shut out of the first round.’
  • shut up (or shut someone up)

    • often in imperativeStop (or cause someone to stop) talking.

      ‘just shut up and listen’
      • ‘Harrison talks too much, and I can't wait to get in that ring and shut him up.’
      • ‘If she nags, moans and whinges for Britain, a wedding ring might shut her up for five minutes, but it won't last.’
      • ‘You love to talk, it's hard to shut you up, and you'll get in anybody's face who will hear you.’
      • ‘She has the intestinal fortitude to get up and have a go after every effort has been made to shut her up and close her down.’
      • ‘Catherine just rolled her eyes and put on her favorite video to shut her up.’
      • ‘Please be forewarned that next time you sit behind us and ruin our movie experience, we will take loud and immediate action to shut you up and/or make you sit still.’
      • ‘If you give to the government the power to shut up those you oppose, you're also giving them the power to shut you up too.’
      • ‘So I stuffed one of them in his mouth in the hopes of shutting him up.’
      • ‘His only initial reason for doing it was to shut her up, to stop her from requesting impossible things from him.’
      • ‘I was kind enough to accept your apology, thinking it would shut you up and you would move on to bother someone else.’
      be quiet, keep quiet, stay quiet, be silent, keep silent, stay silent, hold one's tongue, keep one's lips sealed
      quieten, quieten down, silence, hush, shush, quiet, still, gag, muzzle
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  • shut something up

    • Close all doors and windows of a building or room, typically because it will be unoccupied for some time.

      ‘most of its stately rooms were shut up’


Old English scyttan ‘put (a bolt) in position to hold fast’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch schutten ‘shut up, obstruct’, also to shoot.