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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.