Meaning of “rule sth or sb out” in the English Dictionary

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"rule sth or sb out" in British English

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rule sth or sb out

phrasal verb with rule uk /ruːl/ us /ruːl/ verb

C2 to decide or say officially that something is impossible or will not happen, or that something or someone is not suitable:

The police haven't yet ruled out murder.
I won't rule out a June election.
The police have not ruled him out as a suspect.

More examples

  • 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.

(Definition of “rule sth or sb out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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