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shut sth out

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