shut out

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shut out (plural shut outs)

  1. Alternative form of shutout


shut out (third-person singular simple present shuts out, present participle shutting out, simple past and past participle shut out)

  1. (sports) To prevent from scoring; to perform a shutout.
  2. To close a door on someone, or to exclude.
  3. To hide from sight.
    The blinds shut out the glare of the sun.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, chapter 1, The Amateur Poacher:
      It was not far from the house; but the ground sank into a depression there, and the ridge of it behind shut out everything except just the roof of the tallest hayrick.
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, Ch.I:
      Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire.