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shut sth out

phrasal verb with shut uk   us   /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. to ​prevent a ​sound or ​light from being ​heard or ​seen: The ​doubleglazingshuts out most of the ​trafficnoise. She ​pulled the ​blankets over her ​head to ​try to ​shut out the ​light.
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