rule sth or sb out
— phrasal verb with rule uk /ruːl/ us /ruːl/ verb
- The UN rush to mandate war totally ruled out any alternatives.
- He refused to rule out the possibility of a comeback.
- Smith has been ruled out of contention for the manager's job.
- The discovery rules out a link between the suspect and the scene of crime.
- We would not rule out the possibility of re-entering the B2C market if conditions change.