1. phrasal verb If you shut something or someone out, you prevent them from getting into a place, for example by closing the doors. [V n P + of] ⇒ 'I shut him out of the bedroom,' says Maureen. [V P n] ⇒ I was set to shut out anyone else who came knocking. [Also V n P] 2. phrasal verb If you shut out a thought or a feeling, you prevent yourself from thinking or feeling it. [V P n] ⇒ I shut out the memory which was too painful to dwell on. [V n P] ⇒ The figures represent such overwhelming human misery that the mind wants to shut it out. 3. phrasal verb → shut
If you shut someone out of something, you prevent them from having anything to do with it. [V n P + of] ⇒ She is very reclusive, to the point of shutting me out of her life. [V n P of n] ⇒ They refused to allow Republicans to offer amendments, effectively shutting them out of the process. [V n P] ⇒ She had effectively shut him out by refusing to listen.
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