be ruled out of court

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be ruled out of court

Said when one is unable to do something due to unforeseen circumstances. Primarily heard in UK. My hopes of getting a place of my own were ruled out of court when I lost my job.
See also: court, of, out, rule

be ruled out of court

mainly BRITISH
If something that you want to do is ruled out of court, circumstances make it impossible for you to do it. It was hoping to start medical training that year but then I had the accident and it was ruled out of court.
See also: court, of, out, rule