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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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Onyango conceded just thrice in the Kenya Hockey Union Premier League and her shut outs was crucial as Telkom finished second to Ghana Revenue Authority at the Africa Club Championships.
Record-breaking Boro used the presence of the Sky cameras at The Riverside to illustrate precisely to a wider audience why their failure to notch has reached such epic proportions and why their shut outs sequence approaches the same scale.
SPARTAK V METALLURG 3.30pm tomorrow GOALIE Vasily Koshechkin's backto-back shut outs have sent Metallurg Magnigotorsk up to third place in the eastern conference of the Kontinental Hockey League, writes Steve Davies.
Metallurg go into the game ICE HOCKEY with a 22-14 record and full of confidence after Koshechkin's league leading sixth shut out of the season.
"They've had two shut outs, they are second in the league and they have beaten Nottingham.
Newcastle's 1-0 victory over Southampton followed shut outs against NAC Breda and Bolton Wanderers on home turf.
He also spoke highly of Giants goalie Colin Ryder who kept two shut outs in three games.
"Colin has been solid throughout his time with the Giants and he played three great games this weekend in the Continental Cup and secured himself two great shut outs which has undoubtedly done much for his confidence and for ours.
Either way, the 72nd annual Academy Awards are almost as notable for the shut outs as for films that were nominated.
As was the case last year with "The Truman Show," Carrey won the Golden Globe award but was shut out of even an Oscar nomination for both perfs.
Woods managed 12 successive shut outs for Rangers between November 1986 and January 1987 and Ladbrokes reckon his long-standing landmark could survive a little longer.
MARTIN KLEMPA between the pipes, four shut outs - two of those this month.
CANADIAN net minder Peter Aubry with twenty-six penalty minutes and two shut outs.
And Lehman is looking to keep the shutters up for another game following back-to-back shut outs as Blaze have won two matches on the road 1-0.
Dens defender Dave Mackay beat his own keeper in last week's Dundee derby, after Speroni had shut out Partick, Dunfermline and Hibs in a match that was abandoned.