Definition of shut in English:



  • 1 Move (something) into position so that it blocks an opening.

    ‘shut the window, please’
    ‘she shut her lips tight’
    ‘she slammed the door shut’
    • ‘They climb out of their dark, slick Mercedes silently, slamming the doors rather than shutting them.’
    • ‘Vincenzo closes and locks the door, and shuts the drapes.’
    • ‘I ran into the house and slammed shut the sliding glass door.’
    • ‘When they were no longer visible, Quentin moved to shut the door.’
    • ‘I shut my eyes and moved blindly forward, towards that door.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just as the girl shut the door Yuki pulled herself upright and staggered to the bed.’
    • ‘He shut the window, shut the blinds, and opened the door, all while little Giovanni was watching.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brett said brusquely, shutting the passenger side door and hurrying around to open his own.’
    • ‘Laughing, she ran for the bathroom and shut the door right before he slammed against it.’
    • ‘At four I got up and prowled the flat, checking doors and windows were shut, uncomfortable and alone.’
    • ‘He shuts his locker door, maybe a little more harshly than usual, and just kind of gives me this stare.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sound of the front door opening and slamming shut a second later broke the silence between us.’
    • ‘The market was closed and homes were shut tight to the biting wind and rain.’
    • ‘The day I had closed the windows, shut the door, and walked away forever.’
    close, draw to, pull to, push to, slam, fasten
    put the lid on, bar, lock, latch, padlock, secure, seal
    put up the shutters
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1[no object] (of something that can block an opening) move or be moved into position.
      ‘the door shut behind him’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He stepped out to clean something, and the door banged shut behind him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But as the door shuts lightly behind her, the words she's just spoken suddenly crash in Beth's mind.’
      • ‘The broken flyscreen door shut slowly behind her as she let go of the rusted handle, scraping across the dusty fly filled verandah.’
      • ‘Vincent, who had not moved from where he lay, heard the door shut behind them and the room fall silent.’
      • ‘Tommy stopped crying and the only thing that broke the unbearable silence of the place was the front door shutting loudly behind me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With a soft grind the library's glass door slid shut behind us.’
      • ‘Then the figure walked out of the room, the door gently shutting behind it.’
      • ‘The last thing I hear before the door shuts behind me is a laugh shared by the doctor and Jasmine.’
      • ‘As she leaves, I hear the door shutting behind her, and I am left once more with a silence haunted by my own failure.’
      • ‘Even today, I recall the clamp of the warm hand on my arm as soon as the front door shut behind me.’
      • ‘Rather, it was like leaving a cathedral and having the doors shut behind you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When she went back to get the other two she found the door had shut behind her.’
      • ‘The doors shuts quietly behind her, a feature I wouldn't have expected with the likely temperament of this woman.’
      • ‘I entered the cubicle and locked the door shut behind me.’
      • ‘The tour ends with a handshake and a door shut firmly behind me.’
      • ‘As the door shut behind him, a thick, insulating blackness enfolded 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.’
    3. 1.3shut itBritish informal [in imperative] Stop talking; be quiet.
      be quiet, keep quiet, stay quiet, be silent, keep silent, stay silent, hold one's tongue, keep one's lips sealed
      View synonyms
    4. 1.4 Keep (someone or something) in a place by closing something such as a door.
      ‘it was his own dog that he had accidentally shut outside’
      • ‘What would you do if I shut you outside, to stand in the rain and catch cold so you died?’
      • ‘Steve's convinced it was done by some ‘yobs’ outside and dismisses those who believe the door was blown shut by the wind.’
      • ‘Christopher tip-toes to the closet and quietly shuts himself inside.’
      • ‘He and his fellow guards handcuffed the men and took them outside, he closed the door shut, and the slaves were back to work.’
      • ‘He has been shut in closets, kitchen cabinets and, once, in our filing cabinet.’
    5. 1.5 Fold 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The pages began to move, but Lombard shut the book before he could see what his question had conjured.’
    6. 1.6 Prevent access to or along.
      ‘they ought to shut the path up to that terrible cliff’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The site will be shut to the public until Wednesday evening.’
      • ‘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 work at Longsight from August 23 to 31 means a vital link in the service will be shut for nine days.’
      • ‘Long Road was shut last Monday for emergency work on a cracked sewage trunk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Apart from inadequate links between London Euston and the North West, West Coat mainline services have been shut every weekend for months.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is expected that the roads will be shut until at least 4pm today and that there will be major traffic congestion.’
      • ‘Footpaths across North and East Yorkshire were shut - with businesses in York losing millions of pounds as tourists stayed away in droves.’
    7. 1.7 Make or become unavailable for business or service, either permanently or until due to be open again; close.
      ‘we shut the shop for lunch’
      [no object] ‘the accident and emergency departments will shut’
      • ‘It will also shut is Canadian business tomorrow, and has chopped 25 staff.’
      • ‘Businesses that were shut in the afternoon have reopened, and it's looking like things are slowly getting back to normal.’
      • ‘The 14 full-time teachers and other staff were told on Tuesday last week that the school would be shutting permanently in July.’
      • ‘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 usual, shops will be shut Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last year, the board announced it would be shutting the Scottish Churches Open College, which offers a range of diploma and degree courses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rochdale Council's Education Department is proposing to shut Alf Kaufman School in Norden next September.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People worried a right of way to a primary school would be shut permanently have been reassured the closure is only temporary.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As a threat, police officers noted the details of shops that were shut.’
      • ‘Macys, which claims to be the world's biggest department store, was also shut for a time.’
      • ‘The wading pool has been shut but the swimming complex remains open.’
      • ‘The moment one shop opens, others that stay shut lose business.’
      • ‘The coffee shop at the rear of large bookshop in Oxford has been shut, but will soon be reopening as a Starbucks.’
      • ‘Recently it announced plans to shut the Frenchay hospital, consolidating its acute services on its Southmead site.’


  • be (or get) shut of

    • informal Be (or get) rid of.

      ‘I'd be glad to be shut of him’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now, to get this groomed effect must take quite some effort, and a lot more time than just getting shut of it all.’
      • ‘We used to wash the eggs and he'd get shut of them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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

    • Try to avert something bad or unwelcome when it is already too late to do so.

    • Try to avoid or prevent something bad or unwelcome when it is already too late to do so.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This apparent change of direction, while better late than never, is a case of " shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted ".’
      • ‘This smacks of 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Freedman also argues that restrictions on short-selling now are 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.’
      • ‘In our view that's shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
  • shut up shop

  • shut your face (or mouth or trap)!

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

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

Phrasal Verbs

  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Stranded passengers seen outside Piarco International Airport, yesterday, after operations were shut down because of a bomb threat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Coke's operations were shut down in the early 90's during Somalia's civil war.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This follows last year's staff reduction of 25 per cent when overseas operations were 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
      go bust, go bump, fold, flop, flatline, go broke, go belly up
      close, close down, discontinue, put into receivership, liquidate, put into liquidation
      switch off, power down, stop, halt
      View synonyms
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She quickly took her inside then shut the door in my face.’
      • ‘With that, April roughly shut the door in their faces and marched directly to her parent's bedroom.’
      • ‘The doors closed, then, shutting me in a room with over a dozen Rris.’
      • ‘The packing site in Claremorris will be the third facility to close, with plants in Foxfield and Carbury shutting their doors in recent months.’
      • ‘I shut the horse in the stable and I closed my jacket over my bloody shirt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All the parents living in the neighborhood got together and resolved to shut her in her house.’
      confine, enclose, impound, shut up, pen, pen in, pen up, fence in, hedge in
      hurdle, rail in, mew up, immure, box in, box up, wall in, wall up, lock in, lock up, cage, imprison, intern, hold captive, incarcerate, encircle, surround, ring, encompass, hem in, close in, trap, kettle
      gird, compass
      View synonyms
      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’
        • ‘‘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.’’
        • ‘Glorg had tried to shut the lid of the cigar box on Duke's fingers.’
        • ‘And on a completely different subject (that of pain) I just shut my finger in a drawer while taking a pen out of it.’
        • ‘She paused for a moment as though opening and shutting drawers in her head.’
        • ‘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.’’
  • shut off (or shut something off)

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

      ‘he was about to shut off the power’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first was that there was a fire on a train at Romford and the power had been shut off.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1Stop (or cause something to stop) working.
        ‘the engines shut off automatically’
        • ‘As he shut the engine off, he heard a very loud scream.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘High quality heaters feature a tip-over safety switch, which automatically shuts the heater off if it should get knocked over.’
        • ‘Darrius shut the engine off and leaned on the steering wheel, taking a good look at Prudence.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Then the job is done, and the generator engine is shut off, reluctantly, slowly it cranks down.’
        • ‘The furnace is equipped with a safety feature which automatically shuts it off when it gets too hot.’
        • ‘So you can save fuel by shutting off your engine.’
      2. 1.2Block the entrances and exits of something.
        ‘the six compartments were being shut off from each other’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Visitors have noted, with exasperation and frustration, that their gateways can be shut off by illegal street parking.’
        • ‘The new three-storey building is specially designed so parts of it can be shut off for community use in the evenings and weekends.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Both the rear door and two side entrances were shut off from the outside world by neck-high wooden swing-doors.’
        • ‘The exit and most of the room was shut off by a massive pile of metal and concrete.’
        close off, seal off, tape off, fence off, rope off, screen off, curtain off, cordon off, partition off, separate off, isolate, segregate, blockade, quarantine
        seal, close, turn off, cut, stop, halt
        enclose, encircle, surround
        View synonyms
  • shut oneself off

    • Isolate oneself from other people.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She will shut herself off from the world around her, and stand for long periods flapping her hands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He literally just sat here rocking, shutting himself off from the world really.’
      • ‘I don't like it when people shut themselves off and keep others at arm's length.’
      • ‘He struggled with alcohol and shut himself off to people.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm not shutting myself off, I'm just taking a little time for myself.’
  • shut someone/something out

    • 1Keep someone or something out of a place or situation.

      ‘the door swung closed behind them, shutting out some of the noise’
      • ‘It's like you shut them out every time you sit down behind your laptop.’
      • ‘She entered the room and closed the door behind her, shutting Ryo out.’
      1. 1.1Prevent an opponent from scoring in a game.
        • ‘Recent sensational goals and midfield performances have been a timely reminder of what was meant to be and whoever Jol decides on as his central midfield duo will have to shut him out of the game.’
        • ‘The second half was much the same with Oakbank playing classy football and Wyke were shut out by solid defensive work from captain Nico Earwaker and Jordan Nurse.’
        • ‘It was the first time Texas had been shut out in 282 games, but Oklahoma's domination goes a little deeper than that.’
        • ‘Albion's defence was looking jaded probably as a result of playing three games in eight days but they scrambled well to shut Clayton out.’
        • ‘Stus, who took home a $4,500 check for his second-place finish, didn't take advantage of Winger's opens and left room for his opponent to shut him out.’
        • ‘They changed ends with a 13-5 lead but then proceeded to score 14 points in 10 minutes to effectively shut Windermere out of the game.’
        • ‘In the last three innings, the Yankees were shut out by the magnificent pitching of Johnny Podres, bringing Brooklyn their first and only championship.’
        • ‘Players may conspire to single out an opponent and ‘steal’ as many of their cards as possible to quickly shut them out of the game.’
        • ‘Up a game, we looked like we had a good chance to win the series, but the Blackhawks shut us out in Chicago in Game 6, 4-0, and won Game 7 in Detroit, 4-2.’
        • ‘The number of times the Mets were shut out in their first 11 games. The club's inability to plate runners in scoring position with less than two out wasted a string of excellent starts.’
      2. 1.2Screen 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
        View synonyms
      3. 1.3Prevent something from occurring.
        ‘there was a high-mindedness that 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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The Indians were shut out three times in his first 14 starts and scored three runs or fewer in eight of them.’
        • ‘The pair put on 121 runs for the seventh wicket and went a long way in shutting India out of the game.’
        • ‘One agent says Boras is seething simply because he was shut out of the first round.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘She postponed medical school in the hopes of winning her first, but she entered the week facing the possibility she would be shut out.’
      4. 1.4Block something such as a painful memory from the mind.
        ‘anything he didn't like he shut out’
        • ‘I thought the story had run its course and I shut royal affairs out of my mind.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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'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.’
        block, suppress, halt, stop, forget
        View synonyms
  • shut up (or shut someone up)

    • [often in imperative]Stop (or cause someone to stop) talking.

      ‘just shut up and listen’
      ‘I lifted a finger slightly to shut him up’
      • ‘Catherine just rolled her eyes and put on her favorite video to shut her up.’
      • ‘You love to talk, it's hard to shut you up, and you'll get in anybody's face who will hear you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So I stuffed one of them in his mouth in the hopes of shutting him up.’
      • ‘I was kind enough to accept your apology, thinking it would shut you up and you would move on to bother someone else.’
      • ‘Harrison talks too much, and I can't wait to get in that ring and shut him up.’
      • ‘His only initial reason for doing it was to shut her up, to stop her from requesting impossible things from him.’
      • ‘If she nags, moans and whinges for Britain, a wedding ring might shut her up for five minutes, but it won't last.’
      • ‘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.’
      be quiet, keep quiet, stay quiet, be silent, keep silent, stay silent, hold one's tongue, keep one's lips sealed
      stop talking, say no more, fall silent, dry up
      keep mum, button one's lip, button it, cut the cackle, pipe down, clam up, shut it, shut your face, shut your mouth, shut your trap, keep your face shut, keep your mouth shut, keep your trap shut, belt up, put a sock in it, give it a rest
      wrap up, wrap it up, shut your gob
      save it, can it
      silence, hush, shush, quiet, still, gag, muzzle
      View synonyms
  • shut something up

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


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