Definition of keep out (or keep someone/something out) in US English:

keep out (or keep someone/something out)

phrasal verb

  • Remain (or cause someone or something to remain) outside.

    ‘cover with cheesecloth to keep out flies’
    • ‘A fence keeps people out, but you can still see the massive shell of the tree, and imagine its beauty, from the road.’
    • ‘When the gang threatened to park their caravans in the car park until they were paid, Mr Coates and members of the church put up a fence to keep them out.’
    • ‘Now the nursery needs to find funding for a new metal fence to keep the thugs out.’
    • ‘Even the parts that are fenced don't keep them out all the time.’
    • ‘Screening windows and doors helps keep flies out of milk barns, pig parlors and homes.’
    • ‘Do we (the paying spectator) have to pay for yet another fence to keep us out of an area that we previously had access to?’
    • ‘He was a motorbiking enthusiast who kept a Rottweiler and had erected barbed wire around part of his garden fence to keep intruders out.’
    • ‘We had the doors open most of the day, with mesh screens to keep the bugs out and the cats in.’
    • ‘Screens are good for keeping the bugs out, but they won't protect your kids.’
    • ‘They also use screening and filtration to keep insects out of rooms and sticky strips to catch those that do get in.’
    exclude, deny access to, shut out, debar, disbar, bar, ban, prohibit, put an embargo on, embargo
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