rule (something) out of court(redirected from rule out of court)
rule (something) out of court
To dismiss something completely and outright. Often used in passive constructions. Their comments may seem extreme, but we can't rule them out of court—they're still representative of a portion of the population that needs to be represented politically. A lot of the rules my English teachers told me back when I was a student have been since ruled out of court as being too stuffy or formal.