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rule sth or sb out

verb uk phrasal verb with rule   /ruːl/ us  
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.
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in Chinese (Traditional) 把…排除在外, 拒絕考慮…
in Chinese (Simplified) 把…排除在外, 拒绝考虑…
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