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English definition of “shut sb/sth out”

shut sb/sth out

verb [I or T] uk phrasal verb with shut   /ʃʌt/ (present participle shutting, past tense and past participle shut) us  

(PREVENT ENTRY)

to stop someone or something from entering or getting back inside a house or other building: The wind blew the door closed behind me and now I'm shut out (of the house). Don't forget to shut the cat out when you leave for work.

(NOT INCLUDE)

to not include a person or organization in an activity: Anna felt shut out of the conversation. What are the chances of peace if we shut the terrorists out of negotiations?
(Definition of shut sb/sth out from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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