Definition of shut someone/something out in English:

shut someone/something out

phrasal verb

  • 1Screen someone or something from view.

    ‘clouds shut out the stars’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Free and unfettered, the press can shut people out, ignore their views, or unfairly constrict debate.’
    keep out, block out, screen, cover up, hide, conceal, veil
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    1. 1.1 Block 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.’
      • ‘But I had promised her that she had my blessing, so I tried to shut the issue 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.’
      • ‘I thought the story had run its course and I shut royal affairs out of my mind.’
      • ‘He had to shut the thoughts out of his mind as he suddenly came to grip with all the change engulfing him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Taking a deep breath, I shut the call out of my mind and pushed myself from the uncomfortable wooden chair to my feet.’
      • ‘I've shut it out of my mind, because it was a violent, unpleasant, horrible and ugly experience.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He shut his uncharacteristic anxiety out of his mind disdainfully.’
      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’
    • ‘In an increasingly bitter and acrimonious environment, rival groups have been using ‘no platform’ policies to shut their opponents out of university grounds.’
    • ‘The best officials usually don't know the final score; they officiate in a zone, where the crowd noise is shut out.’
    • ‘The Indians were shut out three times in his first 14 starts and scored three runs or fewer in eight of them.’
    • ‘She postponed medical school in the hopes of winning her first, but she entered the week facing the possibility she would be shut out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One agent says Boras is seething simply because he was shut out of the first round.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pair put on 121 runs for the seventh wicket and went a long way in shutting India out of the game.’