Definition of shut someone/something out in US English:

shut someone/something out

phrasal verb

  • 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. 1.1 Prevent an opponent from scoring in a game.
      • ‘It was the first time Texas had been shut out in 282 games, but Oklahoma's domination goes a little deeper than that.’
      • ‘In the last three innings, the Yankees were shut out by the magnificent pitching of Johnny Podres, bringing Brooklyn their first and only championship.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Screen 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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    3. 1.3 Prevent something from occurring.
      ‘there was a high-mindedness that shut out any consideration of alternatives’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In an increasingly bitter and acrimonious environment, rival groups have been using ‘no platform’ policies to shut their opponents out of university grounds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One agent says Boras is seething simply because he was shut out of the first round.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 1.4 Block something such as a painful memory from the mind.
      ‘anything he didn't like he shut out’
      • ‘He shut his uncharacteristic anxiety out of his mind disdainfully.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘But I had promised her that she had my blessing, so I tried to shut the issue out of my mind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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