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shut out

1. verb To completely block something out. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shut" and "out." We bought new curtains that will block out the light from the street. He used a wax sealant on the windows to block water out.
2. verb To exclude someone from something; to block someone's entrance into some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shut" and "out." The students shut me out of the classroom after I left. I don't think we need to shut him out from the discussion altogether.
3. verb To isolate someone from oneself or others. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shut" and "out." Please don't shut me out—I just want to help! The group of friends shut him out because of his political opinions.
4. verb In sports, to win a game without allowing the opponent to score a single goal or point. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shut" and "out." I knew we wouldn't win, but I can't believe they shut us out completely!
5. noun In sports, a game in which the opponent is now allowed to score a single goal or point. In this usage, the phrase is hyphenated or spelled as one word. It was a shutout—we lost 4-0.
See also: out, shut

shut someone or something out

to exclude someone or something; to refuse entrance to someone or something. We tried to get into the stadium, but they shut us out because there was no more room. My parents shut out their children when they made important decisions.
See also: out, shut

shut out

1. Exclude, deny entry to, block, as in Anyone convicted of a crime is shut out from the legal profession, or These curtains shut out all the light. [Late 1300s]
2. Prevent an opponent from scoring, as in They were shut out of the last two games, or Reagan shut out Ford in the Texas primary in 1976. Originating in baseball about 1880, this usage was later transferred to other sports and then even broader usage.
See also: out, shut

shut out

v.
1. To exclude something or someone: I used earplugs to shut out the noise. The company shut the unions out of the negotiations. Performers must learn to shut out the crowd. Her husband has shut her out ever since the accident.
2. Sports To prevent some opponent from scoring any runs or points: Our strong defense shut out the other team. They shut us out 14-0 in a playoff game.
See also: out, shut

shutout

1. n. a game where one team prevents the other from scoring any points at all. He was still reveling from last week’s shutout.
2. mod. having to do with a game where one team has no score. Another shutout game gave the fans nothing to cheer about this afternoon.
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The Perth men clocked up three shut-outs in six days with a hat-trick of victories over Motherwell, Morton and Hearts.
The Hatters' only England international, Harry Hardy, had eight successive shut-outs in 1921.
Once the great entertainers with a soft centre, Spurs have effected 11 shut-outs in 14 games this season.
So to have two shut-outs at home - and the try Sheffield Tigers scored last week was an interception - is pleasing.
Dons keeper Jamie Langfield (below) finally conceded a league goal after five SPL shut-outs when Danny Invincibile's low, hard shot slid under his body.
Klempa has conceded only one goal - during an 8-1 win against Basingstoke - in five matches at Coventry's Skydome rink in 2006, keeping shut-outs against Hull, Sheffield, Belfast and Cardiff.
The great Neville Southall holds Everton's clean sheet record in the Premiership era - 15 shut-outs during the 1994-95 campaign, which includes the club record of seven in a row.
In our last two road games he has been sensational with two shut-outs and is giving our offence the chance to win games by keeping the opposition at bay.
Langfield is just 10 shut-outs short of the record of 95, set by McGregor in his time with Dunfermline and Rangers.
Lynch spared Murray's blushes with a second-half winner after the 17-year-old keeper, chasing Bobby Geddes' club record of six successive shut-outs, dropped a first-half clanger.
But the big keeper has picked himself up, recording shut-outs in four of the five games since.
CELTIC will equal a shut-out record that has stood for almost a century if Fraser Forster keeps clean sheets in his last three SPL games.
When his last shut-out arrived in the 2-0 win at Blackburn in February Villa were gunning for glory on three fronts.
And the re-shaped Saints backline has held firm away to Aberdeen, Celtic and St Mirren - with Enckelman keen to extend his on-the-road shut-out run at Motherwell today.