crowd out

phrasal verb

crowded out; crowding out; crowds out
: to push, move, or force (something or someone) out of a place or situation by filling its space
The quick-growing grass is crowding out native plants.
She worries that junk food is crowding fruits and vegetables out of her children's diet.

Examples of crowd out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With an offense led by sophomore Arianna Rodi, who has hit 21 home runs on the season — accounting for 42% of the team’s homers — Charlotte’s taken the raucous road crowds out of the game early multiple times this season, but especially in the championship game last Saturday. Hunter Bailey, Charlotte Observer, 16 May 2024 Medicare will continue to crowd out other categories of federal spending. The Editors, National Review, 8 May 2024 On Margarita, biologists found its roots were crowding out the eggs before the turtles were even fully formed. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024 The politics of cherry trees have ebbed and flowed along with Japanese-Korean relations, and nationalist claims about them have mostly crowded out scientific nuances, said Professor Fedman, who teaches history at the University of California, Irvine. Hisako Ueno Chang W. Lee, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 So interest expenses are rapidly increasing and rapidly really crowding out other parts of the budget. Andy Mills, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2024 Invasive plants crowd out native plants and can damage ecosystems. Stinknet, which is native to South Africa, poses a serious threat to the Sonoran Desert, Arizona State Parks and Trails says on its website. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 28 Mar. 2024 Through tonight: It’ll be crowded out there this evening. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2024 Other exotic plants crowd out important native plants, and some are toxic to local flora and fauna. Bob Hirshon, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2024

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“Crowd out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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