keep out

phrasal verb

kept out; keeping out; keeps out
: to not enter a place
The sign on the door said "Keep out!"
: to stop or prevent (someone or something) from entering a place
The curtains help keep out the drafts.

Examples of keep out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Laborers have been kept out of the loop in the long term. Kate Cimini, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 Many rain barrels also come with other features such as mesh screens to keep out debris and insects from entering the water. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 25 Apr. 2024 She was kept out of the spotlight as a child For two years, Brandy starred on a reality show with her brother Ray J called Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business, which aired on VH1 from 2010 to 2011. Vandana Pawa, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 That’s when the HR Slacks and emails started, constantly needing to remind people to keep out. Beth Ann Mayer, Parents, 28 Mar. 2024 Now high brick walls keep out the view and windows are almost permanently shuttered. Hazlitt, 3 Apr. 2024 Each ventilation hole is covered with mesh to keep out vermin and is connected to a short, curving pipe that blocks the light, helping replicate a cave’s gloom. Muktita Suhartono Nyimas Laula, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Who among us wouldn’t want to build a virtual fence to keep out that? Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Some of the justices, including Gorsuch and Samuel Alito, also pondered whether other federal evidentiary rules could be applied to keep out the more generalized testimony. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2024

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“Keep out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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