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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHUT OUT

She stuffed her fingers into her ears to shut out the sound of her brother's cries.

One gains nothing by attempting to shut out the sprites of the weather.

We were shut out that night, and sat at the iron gate, and walked about till morning.

Yet are we not, therefore, shut out altogether from all arts.

He shut out the real world and he forgot it—until the fit was past.

As a preliminary to acquiring it is he to be shut out from the society of his fellows?

At our feet the women, silent and shivering, hid their faces to shut out the sight.

She leaned her head upon her arm, but she could not shut out the picture.

We know of several who want us, and we are shut out from them.

Then the light was shut out as the great figure of Jake blocked the doorway.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English scyttan "to put (a bolt) in place so as to fasten a door or gate, bolt, shut to; discharge, pay off," from West Germanic *skutjan (cf. Old Frisian schetta, Middle Dutch schutten "to shut, shut up, obstruct"), from PIE *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw" (see shoot (v.)). Related: Shutting.

Meaning "to close by folding or bringing together" is from mid-14c. Meaning "prevent ingress and egress" is from mid-14c. Sense of "to set (someone) free (from)" (c.1500) is obsolete except in dialectal phrases such as to get shut of. To shut (one's) mouth "desist from speaking" is recorded from mid-14c.

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