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/ ˈʃʌtˌaʊt /
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an act or instance of shutting out.
the state of being shut out.
  1. a preventing of the opposite side from scoring, as in baseball.
  2. any game in which one side does not score.
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Origin of shutout

1850–55, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase shut out
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How to use shutout in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shutout

/ (ˈʃʌtˌaʊt) /

a less common word for a lockoutSee lock out (noun)
sport a game in which the opposing team does not score
verb shut out (tr, adverb)
to keep out or exclude
to conceal from sightwe planted trees to shut out the view of the road
to prevent (an opponent) from scoring
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Other Idioms and Phrases with shutout

shut out


Exclude, deny entry to, block, as in Anyone convicted of a crime is shut out from the legal profession, or These curtains shut out all the light. [Late 1300s]


Prevent an opponent from scoring, as in They were shut out of the last two games, or Reagan shut out Ford in the Texas primary in 1976. Originating in baseball about 1880, this usage was later transferred to other sports and then even broader usage.

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