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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 shut out the light from the street. He used a wax sealant on the windows to shut water out.
2. verb To exclude someone from something or 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 of 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 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 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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Colorado, which handed Boston its only shutout of the season on Oct.
In 2004, for example, there were 69 complete-game shutouts recorded, but go back to 1968 when pitching dominated both leagues.
Final figures that season included a then-record 339 shutouts, and meager overall batting averages (.
Yves Belanger, in the AHL from 1973 to 1980, played 111 games and never had a shutout.
In his Sharks career, in its third season, Greiss has lost a shutout with 6 seconds left in the third period, and has had two one-goal games in which video replays later showed the goals scored should not have counted.
UCLA's women (15-1-2, 5-0-2 Pac-10), ranked fourth, have posted six successive shutouts and lead the Pac-10 by a point over California (12-3-2, 5-1-1), which they beat 2-1 Friday in Berkeley.
Burton's two shutouts last week - 6-0 over Hope International and 0-0 against Point Loma - moved the Mustangs into a three-way tie for fourth place with two games remaining.
Rodriguez, along with Alan De La Cruz who played in the goal in the first half, posted a shutout in four of their five playoff matches.
Kyle Burkhardt broke his own Paraclete record with 13 shutouts this season.
Against Taft, goalkeeper Christian Pelayo had four saves for the shutout, and Derek Hutchinson, Eric Garcia and Junior Brambila scored.
She already held the records for career shutouts, career saves and career minutes.
Pepperdine (11-2) has a record-tying nine shutouts, which tied the 2001 team.
Aaron Marcellino sacked Abbey twice and the Burroughs defense largely denied Milton or any Knights runner many long gains thanks to a quick and swarming defense that had helped the Indians open the season with back-to-back shutouts.
The importance of his performance nevertheless was magnified by the fact top pitching prospect Chad Billingsley was simultaneously throwing eight shutout innings for Triple-A Las Vegas against Colorado Springs, allowing one hit.