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English definition of “shut sth out”

shut sth out

phrasal verb with shut     /ʃʌt/ verb [I or T] (present participle shutting, past tense and past participle shut)
to stop yourself thinking about something that upsets you or feeling something that hurts you: She finds it impossible to shut out the memory of the accident .Neglecting and ignoringNot paying attentionTreating as unimportant to prevent a sound or light from being heard or seen : The double glazing shuts out most of the traffic noise . She pulled the duvet over her head to try to shut out the light .Hiding and disguising
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