shut out

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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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As defenders you want to keep clean sheets and we have done that a lot so far," said the 23-year-old, reflecting on City's six League Two shut-outs so far this term.
STINGY Sandy Hill continue to provide shut-outs in Division One.
No Championship goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets than Johnstone since the turn of the year and the 24-year-old enjoyed a sparkling spell at the beginning of spring where he kept seven shut-outs in eight matches.
Not the best footballing defender, you would probably give the nod to Rio Ferdinand on that front, but the best out-and-out defender in terms of shut-outs and clean sheets, by a considerable way.
It left Arsenal's Petr Cech as the clear winner, with 16 shut-outs, leaving Cech to share second place with Manchester City's Joe Hart and Leicester City's title-winning No.
Wenger's men returned to the top as Petr Cech set a new Premier League cleansheet record as he reached 170 shut-outs.
The clean sheet kings have now clocked up six successive shut-outs in the Championship since the 3-0 defeat at Hull in early November.
That fifth clean sheet means Pickford will equal Preston's club record for consecutive shut-outs if he can hold QPR at bay this weekend.
The City shot-stopper is level with Fraser Forster, Simon Mignolet and Lukasz Fabianski on 13 shut-outs.
Smithies, who has agreed a new deal to 2018, with Town having the option of adding a further year, has enjoyed shut-outs against Cardiff City and Reading at the John Smith's Stadium.
Ever-present Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama has enjoyed shut-outs in 14 of Les Dogues' 21 Ligue 1 assignments and that defensive strength has kept them in the hunt for a Champions League return.
Smith believes the shut-outs have increased confidence and said: "We had some really good chances in the second half.
Wayne Hennessey managed just three shut-outs last year, two of which arrived early before the August sun had set (Fulham and Villa) with deputy Dorus de Vries adding a fourth against Everton in May.
It will be tough but we are capable if we get back to the shut-outs.
Reina is only seven shy of recording a century of clean sheets having already taken less time to reach 50 shut-outs than any keeper in the Anfield outfit's history.