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. To prevent from entering; to block or exclude.
    His wife shut him out of his own house.
    This triple-glazing certainly shuts out the noise of the traffic.
  2. To hide from sight.
    The high wall shut out the countryside beyond.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], →OCLC:
      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. As one sat on the sward behind the elm, with the back turned on the rick and nothing in front but the tall elms and the oaks in the other hedge, it was quite easy to fancy it the verge of the prairie with the backwoods close by.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, →OCLC; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., [], [1933], →OCLC, page 0016:
      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.
  3. To refuse to be open and vulnerable toward.
  4. (sports) To prevent from scoring; to perform a shutout.